&YMAY 30,955 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thomson Favored in '500'
As Rain Fails To Halt Race
Indianapolis (A Johnny Thor-
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son, a nerveless New Englander
with a "hot car," was made a
slight favorite for today's '40th
500-mile Speedway race.
The race should produce a speed
record unless hampered by exces-
sive heat or showers.
The Weather Bureau, harassed
by three days of rain which placed
Indianapolis on a flood alert, pre-
dicted temperatures of 86 degrees,
high humidity and possibility of
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Speedway officials announced
the race definitely would go on as
scheduled at 10 a.m. CST although
postponement was touch-and-go
Monday after flash floods sent
rivulets across the 2%-mile as-
phalt and brick track. The track
dried quickly yesterday under a
Spectators were urged, however,
to use public transportation, and if
possible) leave the family cars at
A crowd of more than 100,000 is
expected to view the death-defying
grind, the pren'iier event of Ameri-
can automobile racing. There will
be no television but details will be
broadcast over the Speedway's
special radio network of 271 sta-
tions in 45 states.
Thirty-three high-powered cars,
piloted by the country's greatest
T ennis Meet
Tennis Coach Bill Murphy yes-
terday named the four players who
will represent Michigan in the
NCAA Championships at Kalama-
zoo, Mich., June 25-30.
The four named were newly-
elected Captain Dick Potter, Mark
Jaffe, John Harris, end Dale Jen-
sen. Barry MacKay, number one
player, on the squad, will not be
During final exams, the Wo-
men's pool will be open at the
following hours: June 1 through
June 10 from 4 to 6 p.m., Mon-
day through Thursday from
7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Wednesday
night it is coed. Saturdays from
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and from 7:15
to 9:15 p.m. it will be coed.
Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m. It will
available for the tourney. He will
be competing with the Davis Cup
team, in a series of tournaments
The only men graduating are
Jensen, finalist in the number five
singles at the Conference tourna-
ment, and Larry Brown, semi-fina-
list in the number six spot.
Two excellent freshman will
probably round out the squad.
They are Jon Erickson from Kala-
mazoo, and George Koral from
Hamtramck. They should rate at
least on a par with the men they
drivers, will be , gunned at." the
130.84 m.p.h. records set in 1954
by Bill Vukovich, killed while lead-
ing last year's race.
The 1955 winner, Bob Sweikert
of Indianapolis, and two other past
champions, Johnny Parsons of Van
Nuys, Calif., and Troy Ruttman of
Pasadena, Calif., are in the ex-
perienced field, but the most at-
tention is being lavished on Thom-
son, the little Scot from Spring-
field, Mass., who qualified in the
second best time of 145.549 m.p.h.
At the annual drivers' dinner,
the men behind the wheel favored
Thomson as the driver most likely
to succeed. He is driving a Schmidt
special. This is the fourth try for
the 37-year-old New Englander,
who finished fifth last year.
- The 10-mile qualifying record
was set by Pat Flaherty of Chi-
cago, who registered 146.056 m.p.h.
in a John Zink special to gain the
pole position. However, only five
times in the past 39 races has the
pole winner captured the prize.
Prediction of a new speed record
came after 15 drivers in the 33-car
field qualified at speeds above the
previous Speedway trials record,
Sweikert, who zoomed to vic-
tory last year after the front-
running Vukovich died in the
flames of a four-car smashup, said
he believed that under good con-
ditions it would take an average
speed of 136 m.p.h. to win.
Intense heat or rain could jeop-
ardize the assault. In 1953 the heat
was so intense that one driver
died of heat prostration and seven
others were hospitalized.
Showers stopped the race at 400
miles in 1926 and at 345 miles in
1950. The race becomes official
after 255 miles. The Speedway
event hasn't been postponed since
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NEW CAPTAINS-Steve Uzelac
was elected yesterday as golf
captain for the 1957 season. He
succeeds Bob McMasters who
captained the 1955 Michigan
linksters. Also yesterday, Dick
Potter was chosen captain of
next year's tennis team. Potter
won the number two singles
division of the Big Ten Confer-
ence last week, and will succeed
Barry MacKay as captain.
Barry MacKay as captain.
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