Steve Chassey's car MIS 1981
Steve Chassey's car MIS 1981
Not trying to start anything here, but here is Justin Wison in his DP-01 at Road Am in 2007. I checked with ZOOM prior to posting and I agree with him, let's move on.
Notice the crew applying lubricant, sides and back, so AJ could squeeze into that car!!!
No, the gittin' in is easy. It's the gittin' out that the B***h!?!?!?Originally Posted by cbreez99
IIRC one year at the beginning of practice for the 500 everyone had their new cars from March except AJ. His was the last March built that year and it was late getting to Indy. Everyone was questioning what deamon tweak AJ was having March build into his car. They were all surprised when the car finally arrived. It looked exactly like the others for that year.
Except the cockpit was two inches wider than all the rest!
"Doc, just set them fingers sose I can hold the wheel"
James Hurtubise, June, 1964
Dario Franchitti taken at Daytona in 2008 before the Rolex 24
Helio taken in 2008 at Daytona before the Rolex 24
Will Power at Indy, 2008
Mario at MIS 1983
JR at MIS 1985
AJ IV at Indy 2008
One absolutely class individual...Originally Posted by sneva33
Bill Alsup in the 3rd Penske car, MIS 1981. Does anyone know why Roger opted to run a full-time 3rd car for this guy. Was it purely a money move or did RP really believe in Bill?
Rick Mears MIS 1982 (fall race)
Paul Tracy at Road America in 2007, CCWS
Great shots, guys!
There are far better camera people out there than I am.
And I'm glad of ot!
M-O-N-E-YBill Alsup in the 3rd Penske car, MIS 1981. Does anyone know why Roger opted to run a full-time 3rd car for this guy. Was it purely a money move or did RP really believe in Bill?
I can't see Penske taking money from just anyone to run a 3rd car. I wonder if the deal to run a 3rd car came out of a prior business relationship?Originally Posted by sneva33
Originally Posted by flatlander_48
I've always wondered about it. Especially considering that the previous Sept he ran the 3rd car @ MIS for Mario with this sponsorship on it (I mainly remember it because he won). Then the next year here's this guy named Alsup, never made much sense to me given Roger's usually good judgement when it came to drivers.
Sebastian Bourdais at RA, 2007
Tom Sneva MIS 1981, taking the newly arrived March backup car out
JR and the Chapparal, MIS 1981
I was at MIS in '81 for the original date and then the postponed date a week later. I only came on race day then, but you miss a lot. In more recent times, I get a garage pass and stay more than one day whenever I can...
I think you are correct but there may be several reasons. AB Dick likely already had another tie to Penske and part of the deal was translated into a 3rd car. And people forget that Alsup was a really bright guy and fit in well with corporate sponsors. He was also something of an up an coming driver (at least a little) having won the USAC Mini-Indy championship in an Argo Super Vee in what was billed as being the training ground for future stars. Alsup also previously owned his own Indy Car (a PC-7 sponsored by Polaroid and bought from Penske) and was good at getting sponsors himself. He may have even been involved in finalizing the Dick deal for Penske. It would be interesting to know. And in fairness to Alsup I'm not sure he ever got entirely first class help with his car. I seem to remember certain aero components that were on Unser's and Mear's cars at Indy that never made their way to the Alsup car. But the main reason that Alsup got the ride may have been his relationship with Roger's son. IIRC, Alsup helped Roger Penske, Jr. learn the ropes when he first started racing Super Vees.Originally Posted by flatlander_48
Originally Posted by indyrjc
I think you may have hit it best about Roger Jr. I had never heard that. RP would definitetly be one to "repay" any sort of help like that. That combined with Alsup's PR skills and admittedly success in the "ladder: series may have been what brought it all together. Thanks.
Desire Wilson 1982
And why Desire failed to qualify:
The most beautiful car I've ever seen (the Norton Spirit PC-9B and the '82 Wildcat are a close second).Originally Posted by sneva33