"Only a fool fights in a burning house."-Kang
"If you listen to fools....The Maaahhhhb Ruuuules....."-Ronnie James Dio
So that's a steering wheel that Pedro rubbed ragged. That's cool.
"Ride The Barrel & Get Pitted... So Pitted."
my favorite Jim Crawford story is about the time he flipped upside down on the backstretch in the afternoon during practice. that evening, on "Trackside" on channel 6, he was being interviewed about his accident and how the team worked to get his backup car. a buddy and I watched this LIVE on a TV in a local bar (before we had any drinks OK?). when asked how his backup car compared to his primary he had wrecked, Crawford replied (on LIVE TV) something to the affect that: "the team has done a great job getting with the backup but it's just a ****-hair off!" OMG.....my buddy and I looked at each other and said: Did he just say what I THOUGHT he said???? ON TV???? too funny......
I don't recall any wreck where he got upside down on the backstretch- there was his famous 1990 wreck in in the south short chute when he hit the wall and then air got under the car and sent it sailing VERY high, but he landed on his wheels- could this (below) be the wreck you're referring to or was there a flip no one got any pics of?
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"Charging a man with murder here was like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500."- Capt. Willard, Apocolypse Now
"Ain't nuthin' like a piece of p***y, 'cept maybe the Indy 500."- Bunny, Platoon
"To alcohol! The cause of- and solution to- all of life's problems."- Homer J. Simpson
maybe this was the wreck I was thinking about. '90 would be about the right year. did the car come to a stop in the backstretch or in 2? for some reason, I was thinking the car landed upside down in the back stretch.......but hey, I'm old. I have CRS. at least I think I do.....I can't remember.
The serious business of speed at Indy. I can't find one smile in the shot of Clark working on the front of his car.
Mears flipped in 1991 after hitting the turn two wall. His car ended up in the back stretch. He was spewing fluid in the chute and he lifted before entering T- 2, but the fluid got on his rear wheels causing him to loose control and he flipped after hitting the wall. Mears did not catch that much air as Crawford did.
In 2006 Hornish flipped in the back straight, and his car pointed skyward after he hit some debris.
Finally got a working scanner in the house again. This is the cover off the program for the 1976 Trenton Times 200
Faster than a bullet from a gun
He is faster than everyone
Quicker than the blinking of an eye
Like a flash you could miss him going by
No one knows quite how he does it but it's true they say
He's the master of going faster. -George Harrison
Don Whittington in Gordon Johncock's former car after his sudden retirement in 1985.
My first Indy 500 was 1973, haven't missed one since 1981. To date I have attended 35 Indy 500's, and probably 100 or so other IndyCar races (CART & IRL).
.....'Yes, RickJones, it was infact the day of the original unveiling of the new Philippe designed Parnelli out at the Ontario Motor Speedway in very early 1972 that Vel and Parnelli hosted for the media. The car was outfitted in it's original design of only the dihedrals. And as The JP referred to, it was Al that initially took the car out and it was Mario Andretti that was quick to take notice of the look on Al's face as he climbed out of the car.
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I don't remember this car but I like the looks better without the "conventional wings." I understand the idea they were going for with the dihedral wings and in principal I would expect it to work. Was this bad execution of a good idea or is there a fundamental reason this won't work?
[BTW, when I say bad execution I mean no offense to Phillippe or Parnelli. I mean bad in sense that science of aerodynamics was not advanced enough then, but it might work with modern aerodynamic modeling and tunnels]
Congratulations to RHR, & all the winning drivers & teams in the fantastic 2012 season. Looking forward to 2013!
We are all together now. Goal 22-24 races per year split 50:50 oval:RC/SC
One they got the standard wings on it, Joe Leonard won three races and the championship in it.
The Ayn Rand of Indycar
No one had to badge the Offy.
The wings were supposed to keep the downforce in the center of the chassis. The main problem was that the power for the car was at the back end and the turning force was at the front end. With the wings in the center, you couldn't split up the downforce between the front and back, UNequally. Four wheel drive would have helped but it was, by that time, banned...