The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on May 30, 1973 · Page 1
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Speedway Race Scorecard On Page 16 WEATHER TODAY ilk today rrc -rrT n5"ftm JJ. Yeslerduy High, 64; Low, 53 VOL. 70, NO. 359 Just For Today, Ram Go Federal Gasoline Tax Mike Pump Cost Could Rise By 6 Cents Washington (AP) The Nixon administration will decide "in the very near future" on whether to increase the Federal tax on gasoline, the administration's top spokesman on oil said yesterday. William E. Simon declined to say how much of an increase was being contemplated, but other sources said it could be from one to 10 cents per gallon above the present tax of four cents. SIMON, who is deputy secretary of the Treasury and chairman of the Oil Policy Committee, said one purpose in raising the tax would be to reduce demand by making gasoline more expensive. He said it also may be warranted because of environmental factors and its impact on government revenues. He said a one-cent increase in the gasoline tax would increase revenue by $1 billion. An argument against an increase in the gasoline tax, Simon said, is that it would be regressive, meaning the impact would fall most on low-income families. HE ALSO expressed hope that the administration's new voluntary allocation program for domestic oil and gasoline will be successful and will not have to be made mandatory. Simon and other government officials presented.the administration's economic views at a White House economic seminar for business and financial writers from newspapers, magazines and broadcast media. Secretary of the Treasury George P. Shultz said a gasoline tax increase is "one of the many things we are reviewing all the time." The presentation of the Nixon administration's economic views came against a background of a new indication that the country's economic boom may be slowing a bit. THE GOVERNMENT'S composite index of leading indicators declined by .6 per cent in April, the first decline in 30 months. The index includes eight categories o f business performance and is seen as foreshadowing broad movements in the economy. The April decline followed a 1.6 per cent increase in March and was led by a sharp drop in building permits, one of the eight categories. Other Indicators that were down were intitial claims for unemployment insurance, new orders for durable goods, contracts and orders for plant and equipment, the price-labor cost ratio and stock prices. Only two indicators, average work Turn To Page 6, Column 1 Related Stories On Page 5 The Weather Joe Crow Says: For the third time, now: "Gentlemen, start your arks." iM,li..nfinlicMnrnintT fan followed by overcast skies and a 70 per cent chance of no rain today; cool today and tonight, clearing by tomorrow with temperatures In the low 70s. Indiana-Partly cloudy and continued cool today and tomorrow north; chance of a few showers today central and south, clearing tomorrow. Ilighs today will bo in the upper fids to low 70s; .Slight warming trend tomorrow. DIRT-DUST COUNT 51 microgram of dust per cubic meter of ulr. Todays Prayer Enthusiam Is an eagerness to enjoy every day to its fullest. Thank You, O Lord, for giving this power to those who convey hope and happiness to others. Amen. h H m II d ii a APflR . y JLLJUL XL J JJLX k "k -k BAD DREAM IN SMELL-O-VISION Infield Crowd Not Cool, Just Soggy; Trash Piles Up 3ttC3rj iOSrc-;. sSjyy '', 'v?"-'r (Star Photo by John H. Starkev) VIEW OF INFIELD AT THE SOUTHWEST TURN PRESENTS A 'GRAPES OF WRATH' SCENE Spectators Huddle Against Rain Under Makeshift Tents In Area Known As 'Snake Pit' By JEFF DEVENS The lid won't last much longer. -It's been on somewhat securely the last couple of days, but how do you contain the creeping craziness forever? THE INFIELD is bubbling over and the rain isn't cooling off the crowd's temperament. They're taxing the system to the limit; the limit is being extended beyond any previous boundary of normalcy. At 1:10 p.m. yesterday, a spokes Speedway Car Exodus Worst In Many Years By WILLIAM E. ANDERSON A shortage of Speedway guards, mud and another rainy day caused the worst traffic exodus yesterday from 'the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since special traffic controls were instituted after World War II. Deputy Chief Raymond J. Strattan, who heads traffic control up to but not inside the Speedway, blamed yesterday's traffic foulup on the fact that less than half the normal number of guards had been hired by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Normally we have 180 guards who handle the traffic inside the track. With the postponement, the guards had their regular jobs to go to and only 70 were available," explained Strattan. "TOMORROW WON'T BE any better," he added. "We only expect 40 Speedway guards because of this damned rain." Traffic began exiting from the Speedway at noon as police set up their regular details. It was not until 3:15 p.m. that they declared the grounds cleared of automobiles. The rains Monday and yesterday made the infield a quagmire, adding to the exit problems. "Something has to be done to improve the uaffic flow," slated Strattan. "We moved the traffic well after it got outside the gales, but it took too long to get out of the grounds." HE SAID HE WILL discuss the problem at. the review mooting of the Speedway Traffic Committee. "Iiecau.se of the lack of guards people were confused. We couldn't open up Gate 3 tor pedestrians and, as a result, tho tunnel was jammed with cars and people," he declared. "We couldn't open Gate 3 because there were no guards avnllablo to handle, tho crowd and that crowd was N Ji M.JL JJLJL l X "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, WEDNESDAY, man for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced to the crowd: "Ladies and gentlemen, obviously we have a very serious situation here." HE MIGHT AS WELL have said, "Gentlemen, start your engines," for the infield folks they're a savvy lot knew that "serious situation" meant "rained out." So they hopped on their motorcycles, revved up their vans, cranked up their tape players and began the exodus for drier points beyond the big oval. nearly as large as Monday's," he added. Maj. Frank A. Spallina, who was in charge of lfith Street traffic, said the new Gate 2 tunnel was designed to improve traffic flow. "It didn't do the job," he commented. "Chief Strattan and I may have some changes proposed for considera- Turn To Page 6, Column 1 inside Today's Star News Summary On Page 4 Amusement I Pages . .26, 27 Area News 10 Bridge 20A Collins 68 Comics 36 Crossword .20A Editorial ...30 Finance . . 45-47 Food 28 Graham . . 20A Obituaries . 20B Sports ...38-43 TV-Radio . . .29 Want Ads 49-63 Weather . . .63 Werner ... .30 Women . .18-20 Court News And Statistics 63 Star Telephone Numbers Main Office 633-1240 Circulation 633-9211 Want Ads 633-1212 Scores After 4:30 p.m. . .633 1200 VMM ME ALEUT G.l.t'JMI ilmeryeney Only other tt:i:i-:ttum Fire Rescue (First Aid) 634-1313 Emergency Ambulance 630-7 HI M.JU. HTJL-iJLLk there is Liberty" II Cor. 3:17 MAY 30, 1973 The Waiting. It's beginning to haunt the stalwarts like a lingering nightmare . . the vibrations are worsening. THE SO-CALLED snake pit is becoming a messy bad dream in smell-O-vision. Garbage is everywhere: Messy, messy, messy. And yet, somehow, they persevere Through the rain, the chill and the wait, the inhabitants of the infield have kept on truckin', just like it says on the printed T-shirts that are omnipresent in the infield. A PRETTY YOUNG girl strolls by. Her shirt reads, "Just let me love you." Close by, a grubby couple hug and kiss, experiencing splendor on the sod what's left of it. Here, there and everywhere the metal and glass are mounting. A kid who can't be more than Turn To Page 6, Column 5 14 rtVi?Jtir vtJrWM .rTirN nT.,vjr;- j jj wai A?mf WWyM s Vrf2,A! : VbACv? HMm-.i ?jfVyyv " - fl ' 1 vv , , : ! - H, , y-bily- iv'U;: j (Siai Pitolo by Jirry CUfll PAT VIDAN (CENTER), CHIEF STARTER. RED-FLAGS DRIVERS AS RACE STARTS Sprinkle On The Backstretch Caused Halt. After Cars Had Completed Paniilr Lap TAR Under Twice-Postponed Race Ready For 9 A.M. Try If Weatherman Agrees By RAY MARQUETTE They'll try again at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this morning. For the first time in the history of the world's most famous race track, the annual 500-Mile Race has been postponed by rain for two days in a row. It looked for a time yesterday morning that the $l-million race actually was going to be run and more than 200,000 people were in the grandstands and infield patiently waiting for the magic word. INSTEAD, after one parade lap and part of a pace lap, the red flag was displayed for the second straight day as the patter of raindrops sounded like cannons of doom to the patient spectators. Finally, shortly before 2 p.m., chief steward Harlan Fengler announced the race would be postponed again, with the newest starting time at 9 a.m. today and the gates swinging open at 6 a.m. The weatherman reported late last night there is a 70 per cent chance of no rain today after early morning fog. THE SHOWERS were more than scattered yesterday although the morning started out bright and clear. But wet spots on the track had to be brushed down by broom and vacuum, and it wasn't until 10:15 that Tony Hulman gave the signal to start the engines. Thirty-two cars accepted the command, with only Salt Walther's machine missing after Monday's 12-car chain-reaction crash that sent the Dayton (Ohio) youngster to the hospital with a broken wrist and burns. The parade lap went all right yesterday but before the pace car could get through the third turn, rain began falling in the backstretch and the red flag called the cars to a halt. WHILE WAITING for the rain to quit, Fengler gave permission for all cars to go into the pits and top off their fuel tanks. While the emergency equipment whizzed round and round the 214-mile 31 ore Slorios And Pictures On Ia ' , 11, I.'I, And In Sporls Seel ion. "Tin Unvi KanH," An i:dilorial. And Werner Cnrloon On lae ,'tO. Half Page Of Pioliires On Page Ml. TODAY'S CHUCKLE Know what the most expensive extra on a new car Is? That little asterisk right after the factory-delivered price. CARRIER DELIVERED iSc PER WK. Away Study track and the race cars were covered with plastic. Fengler, Hulman and Speedway Vice-President Joe Cloutier huddled and finally decided to call it a day. "The people came here to see a 500-Mile Race," said Fengler. "That is the Speedway's viewpoint as well as the race drivers'." "WE DIDN'T seriously c 0 n s i d e r starting the race under the yellow at 9 o'clock because it simply wouldn't be safe with the tires these machines have on them. The wet spots were in bad locations, just where the drivers would be getting on the throttle. "I couldn't permit that in good conscience because of the safety factors involved. Besides, the people deserve a 500-Mile Race, not 250 miles. And the drivers feel the same way." Both Gary Bettenhausen and A. J. Foyt agreed with the decision. "ALL THE DRIVERS are disappointed we can't race," said Foyt. "But the ones I really feel sorry for Turn To Page 13, Column 1 Delay Of '500' May Move Back Milwaukee Race If the 500-Mile Race is delayed past today, the scheduled Rex Mays 150 at Milwaukee will be postponed from this weekend until June 9-10. "If we have a race here tomorrow (Wednesday), we will make a determination with the promoters whether the Rex Mays will be run Sunday," said Dick King, supervisor of USAC's championship division yesterday. "The decision will be made after the race here. "IF THE RACE is not conducted here tomorrow (Wednesday), the Mays race is scheduled to be postponed to Sunday, June 10, with practice and qualifications Saturday, June 9." King indicated there is a good chance the Mays race will be run this Sunday if the "500" is run today.

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