The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on May 31, 1961 · Page 1
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Wednesday, May 31, 1961
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- V cJjy ' The Indianapolis WEATHER T0DA1 TAK. TODAY'S CHUCKLE A Joint checking account is never overdrawn by the wife. It'i just under-deposited by her husband. Cloudy, Warmer High, 80; Low, 0 Yesterday High, 72; Low, 42 'W here the spirit of the Lord in, there is Liberty" Cor. 3-17 VOL. 58, NO. 300 & -k A WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 31, liMil ME 8-2111 J J oallvarv bn can Mr IF 9 WW JJ I 3 -Car Terror Climaxes 52d Lap By DON C. CAMPBELL The screams began as a light rhatter at the far end of the northern Tower Terrace seats and fanned out in an nil enveloping wave that crashed against the retaining wnlls and richocheted back into the choking throats of the crowd. It ushered in 60 terrifying seconds in the 52d lap of yesterday's 500-Mile Race when the chill wind of death blew heavily down the main straightaway of the track before, miraculously, it wafted out and over drivers and spectators alike artd'vanished. IN THE CROWDED area- way before the Speedway's gleaming new Tower the screams seemed to well out of the concrete, itself, and spectators hugging the fence unable to predict the probable trajectory of driver Don Davis spinning car desperately hurled themselves backwards as those behind them crushed forward, lured by the same fckin-crawlmg scream. They met in a tangle of bumped shoulders and barked shins. A well-dressed man, his eyes glittering, clawed almost savagely at a small boy who had a vantage point at the fence, and, getting a grip on the fence railing, pulled himself up while his body crushed the boy against the mesh. Unable to sustain bis awkward position, he dropped back and patted the boy, solicitously, on the fchoulder, SUBTLY THE intermingled screams and gasps of horror changed to a massive sigh of relief as Davis' blue car a hae of acrid smoke swirling around it rocked to a standstill. Almost instantly, though, the sighs became something rise as jockeying drivers collided in the south straightaway in a blur of colors and against a background of the curious ripping sound of tearing metal. A woman in the Tower Terrace seats sank back to a sitting position, covered her yes with her hands and rocked noiselessly to and fro. Li th areaway before the garages, a woman in too-tight slacks held her transistor radio to her ear and wept as her male companion, his arm encircling fier waist, patted comfortingly . . . awkwardly. WITH NUMB fascination, the crowd that had come to be thrilled, and was then shaken when the thrills were dumped Turn to Page 18, Column 1 SHOCK OF DF.ATII COMES SLOWLY 'Everything Was Dandy 7 Then Grief Stuns A Few By CAROLYN PICKERING The radio was blaring about the duel between Lddie Sachs and A. J. Foyt. All around, thousands of fans still were talking about the miracle at high noon at the southwest turn when cars were tossed around like someone playing a game of pickup sticks. And the only casualty was a knee cut on Jack Turner. As far as all but a handful of people knew, it was 1:33 p.m. and everything was just dandy at this 45th 500-Mile Race. But, Inhide the track hospital, a man lay dead, victim of a freak accident. A valiant rescue effort by Dr. Thomas E. lianna and his staff had failed to revive John Masariu. principal of Ben Davis Junior High Mrs, vi: li.wi: it. Sachs' By BOB COLLINS Tony Hulman is boss Ht the Speedway. When he tells you to do something, you'd better do 'er or he won't let you play with us race track. Last year tie cornered A. J. Foyt, young, eager and impressionable, and told hi.n to win the 50th Anniversary 500 -Mile Race. So A. J. went out and won it. He had no choice. IT WASN'T really that easy, because Eddie Sachs didn't give a good doodly what Tony told A. J. And Jim Hurtubise tried to run off and hide from him at the start. And Troy Ruttman like to ran him to deatii once. And Lady Luck was giving him a real hard time. School and former Ben Davis U gh School football and basketball coach. A lew feet away, M,i sariu's best friend, John Williams, (ieorije Washington High School wrestling coach, lay in .hock, mumbling: "I just didn't see him. I just didn't see him." WILLIAMS was driver of the Speedway Safety Patrol fire truck which had backed over Masariu, who also was a member of safety patrol guard force. Outside, Masanu's widow, mother of five children and expecting a sixth, was told of her husband's untimely death. Sometimes the shock of death comes slowly. Mrs. Masariu didn't be -s IS'ar Co'or Pho! By Jom C. Romse) WIFE (LEFT) AND '500' FESTIVAL QUEEN WITH NEW CHAMPION A. J. Foyt, C. Diane Hunt and E. IS. Hathaway (right) Of Firestone Greet Winner in: i.avi; it iiai k Pit Stop Hands Foyt But when they dropped the checkered flag, Fot, only 26 years old, handsome and the national driving champion, was there. He couldn't believe it, but he was there. It was a popular victory because Foyt drives for Bowes Seal Fast. Bowes is a great racing name. It also is a name that one quickly associates wiih bad racing luck. Bowes won this race in 1931 with Louis Schneider, but couldn't do it again until yesterday when Foyt fulfilled a lifelong ambition for young Bob Bowes II. Bowes was about as happy as a man can be and still keep both feet on this planet. PERHAPS IT WAS the lieve the news. She could think only of returning to the laiulstand where her Turn to Page IS, Column 3 IVSim: TODAY'S ST A II CANCER CURE REPORTED Officials excited over drug which has arrested cancers in 30 of 63 victims treated at the National Cancer Institute Page 2 62 ON AIR IINER PERISH-Jet crashes on storm-buffeted Atlantic beach in Portugal Page 2 KENNEDY EN ROUTE TO PARIS-President leaves New York for talks with De Gaulle Page 3 CIVIl WAR REPORT-Federal army under Gen. Sherman pushes toword Atlanta, Go Page 12 Bridge ... 15 Comics . . ..16 Crossword Purzle ...12 Editorials ... 10 Food 7 Obituaries .23 Sports . .17-21 Theaters 14, 15 TV-Radio ..II Shocks . ' PS. 2 it - c n off? a 2Jr ' bm 1 shock, but Foyt was about as composed as any man who ever drove into Victory Lane. He was polite, but noncommittal. He had given himself second place after a faulty fuel hose had caused him to make a fourth pit stop late in the race. Then, all of a sudden. Sachs pitted again bad right rear tire on Lap 197 and there was A. J. with 100 grand dumped right in his lap. "I figured I had second." said Foyt," I was surprised when Sachs came in. I knew 1 was out of fuel when the engine started missing. "Here I was leading and I thought, 'man oh man,' it kind of made me sick." WHEN HULMAN walked into the Bowes garage, Foyt perked up and shouted: "Hey, Tony told me last year to win the 50th anniversary race. Do you remember, Tony? The party1 at Elmer George's (Hul-man's son-in-law) house. You told me to win the 50th anniversary race." tiuiman tnought lor a second. And it seemed like a real nice thing to remem Want Ads 23-29 Weather ... .22 Werner ...10 Women's Pages . . . 6-8 o ber even if he didn't. So he said, "yes." The Bowes crew still was vibrating from the incredible turn of events 30 minutes after the race. In just a short time their hearts had ridden the elevator from their mouths to their shoes and back. BOWES FINALLY summarized the entire crazy afternoon in one terse sentence: "We gave it to Sachs, then Sachs gave it back to us." And over in another garage, the man who had been the last giver in the exchange was coming through loud and clear only this time like a champion. Said Edward Julius Sachs Jr., sick at heart, but a big leaguer right down to the last gasp: "Boy, that guy was really going. You gotta give him credit. The Weather Joe Crow Says: It looks like A. J. Foyt put the "500" victory in the bag instead of "Sachs." Indianapolis Cloudy and warmer today: mostly cloudy and warmer tonight. Guards For Kenm Iy London fAP) Scotland Yard agreed yesterday to supply tour bodyguards for President Kennedv during his London visit Sundav and Monday. After the President leaves, two of the Scotland Yard men will he responsible for the safety of Mrs. Kennedv, who plans to stay over for a few days. The British detectives will augment the United States Secret Service regulars. Race ,mwd 100 Gs "You just have to say Foyt had some bad luck and I inherited the lead. I really didn't earn it. Then, I had to stop and he got it back." AND IN THE BOWES garage the door closed on the car with the big No. 1 on it. Through these doors have walked some of the giants of racing. Rex Mays drove for Bowes. So did Louis Mever, Ralph Hepburn, Mel Hansen, Troy Ruttman, Cliff Bergere and Freddie Aga-bashian. But the daring young man from Texas has it over them all now he drove the Bowes colors into Victory Lane on May 30, 1961. And as for the Bowes team, just about everyone in racing figures it's about time. m:vm in I UK PITS Fuel Foulup All But Crushed Foyl's Crew By I ! IRll l. C.WTNDFR ic dark, heard-stubbled of I rank Catania w as an uneasv barometer vesterday. reflecting the storm clouds and the brilliant burst of silver lining in the A. J. Foyt pit. "Not a drop." he cried, placing his hands to his face. HE HAD JIST finished pulling the fuel line off Foyt's car and the Bowes Seal Fast Special was pulling out without . having received anv additional fuel. The coupling had not worked ptoperly. Catania explained in a high-pitched wail, and he had been unable to increase the amount alreadv in the racer's tank. "He's got about 90 miles to go. I don't know what else to do," Catania said, pacing. "11 he can get two Average Speed Of 139.131 Sets New Track Mark By JEP CADOU JR., Star Sports Editor A touch-and-go speed duel between A. J. Foyt and Eddie Sachs came to a frantic finish yesterday when Sachs, leading with only three laps to go, had to stop for a tire and Foyt forged ahead to win the Golden Anniversary 500-Mile Race. Foyt, the 26-year-old national driving champion from Houston, Tex., set a new speed record, finishing at an average pace of 139.131 miles per hour. That bested the 138.767 mph set last year by Jim Rathmann of Miami, Fia., who was forced out of yesterday's race at the 43-lap mark with mechanical trouble after coming from the 1 1th starting spot to lead the race. Fortune smiled not only on Toyt, but on six other drivers who escaped serious injury in a spectacular crash on the main straightaway during the 52d lap. Just 13 laps before Sachs went in for the tire, Foyt also had to make an unscheduled stop because of a fueling mix-up which caused him to run nearly out of fuel when he apparently had the race in his pocket. Driving a white, No. 1 Bowes Seal Fast Special, Foyt finished approximately 8 seconds ahead of Sachs, who rejoined the chase after the worn right tire of his No. 12 Dean Van Line Special was changed. An all-time record crowd estimated at up to 300,000 persons by police thrilled to one of the most exciting races in Speedway history. THE RACE was marred by tragedv when John Masariu, 42-year-old Ben Davis Junior High School principal and former football and basketball coach at Ben Davis High School, was run over by a fire truck driven by his best friend at the scene of a crash. (Storv on Page 9.) Eddie Johnson, 42-year-old driver from Cuyahoga Falls, O., escaped injury in me accident on the 129th lap. The accident was caused when Johnson's right front tire brushed the left rear tire of another machine coming out of the northwest turn. Johnson spun into the grass and hit the inside wall tail first. Even more fortunate than Johnson were the six drivers who escaped with bruises at the worst in the spectacular mixup near the end of the main straightaway on the 52d lap. It was touched off when the laps to make it the gallon ho The other crew members s.u staring at the hot en crete. They touched Catania's shoulder in a disheartened manner. "Oh, what might have been." one said. 'We're Ronna give it a hell of a try," said another. Catania, a resident of La-Vegas. Nov., pounded the huge fuel tank in the pit a-, if mavhe. by lev itat ion. he might heat the liquid trm the tank into Foyt's p-mg car. 1 inally . f-oy t had to come in. Catania stood deter mmedly on the apron. Foyt took off aam and Catania put down the fuel line, borrowed from the neighboring Leu Sutton pit Kacc Pictures, Stories Inside The spectacular f i v e-car pileup on main straight away and other exciting moments are captured in action photographs on Page 19. Pictures showing tha perilous spin by Eddie John-sen in the northwest turn and Bill Eggert's analysis of the "moments of decision" faced by Foyt and Sachs appear on Page 18. Other Speedway news and pictures on Pages 6, 7, 13, 23 and 30. oil tank of the No. 83 Dart Kart Special, driven by 27-year-old rookie Don Davis of Phoenix, split, spraying oil on his left rear wheel and causing him to spin and hit the retaining wall. Davis walked away from the car and the accident seemed ver but another rookie, 34-year-old A. J. Shepherd of Wichita, Kas., jumped on the brakes of his No. 73 Travelon Trailer Special because he was fearful of hitting Davis or tha machine and touched off a wild scramble. CARS BOUNCED around like billiard balls. The No. 43 Bardahl Special, driven by Jack Turner, barrel-rolled down track after hitting another car and a wheel sheared off of it nearly cleared the fenced protecting box seat customers. Also involved in the crash were the No. 22 Racing Associates Special driven by Roger MeCluskey of Tucson, Arz., the No. 14 Dean Van Lines Special driven by Bill Cheesbourc of Tucson, Ari-., and the No. 5 Autolite Special driven by Lloyd Ruby of Wichita Falls, Tex. Ruby skidded sideways to a stop but was able to get restarted and continue in the race. But the other cars all were eliminated. Corrected timing revealed that Fo t had set a new record. Richard Sauer, director of timing and scoring, explained that timing equip- Turn to Page 17, Column 3 aii ivs shoulders drooped re-:gnedly. "How much d.d via get n?" Mimcone asked and t couldn't answer. And then, as if cursed by the muiterings of the Foyt crew, Sachs came in and Catania was up on the pit wall. The other crewmen joined him and it seemed as if they almost literally shoved Foyt into the lead. "What lap is this," somebody- asked, smiling. "Th.s is the 200th. buddy.'' a crewman repl.ed. In only a few more seconds the p t crew merr.heis were kissing each other. I he makeshift table being used b a crewman to keep check on Foyt's laps nearly collapsed. And the unyielding fuel Turn to Page 4, Column 1

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