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MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 1981. THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR -PAGE 2 j Practice' makes perfect for Chieagoan an Haute sweeps cycling honors; V (Stir Photo by Jiff Attobtrrv) Dan Van Haute celebrates his Tour of Brookside win By DAVE GARLICK "It was one of the most enjoyable weekends of training I've ever had," said Danny Van Haute. "Practice isn't usually fun." Pardon the rest of the United States Cycling Federation racers if they ask Van Haute to stay home for his workouts. The 1980 Olympic Bicycling team member won Sunday's Tour of Brookside race to go with his victory in Saturday's Circle City Criterium for a sweep of Indiana National Bank's Midsummer Classic Bicycle races. Van Haute, who came to Indianapolis from Chicago just to train for the National Track Championships that start in Pennsylvania in two weeks, broke away from the pack on the final lap to roll to a four-second win over Gerry Fornes in the 50-mile National Prestige Race over the winding 1-mile course in Brookside Park. The win also moved Van Haute into the top 20 in the National Prestige standings with just three more races left in the series. "I didn't expect to win at all this weekend, much less two races in a row," said Van Haute. "Ten years ago, a rider could expect to win two straight but today there are 100 racers in the country who can win a race and there were 20 here today who had a chance to win." IT TOOK the crowd at the near-Eastside park just 20 laps to decide the race was between five riders. More pictures on Page 42 Even rain can't dampen joy over USAC's Cosworth ruling By ROBIN MILLER Star Sportswriter Milwaukee Sunday's Tony Bet-tenhausen 200 was rained out and rescheduled for Sept. 5, leaving a lot of disappointed fans at State Fair Park. ,' But the competitors weren't as depressed as they might have been and it seemed to be due largely to Friday's announcement by the United States Auto CJub. "r Most of the Championship Auto Racing Teams' membership was still euphoric following the news that USAC has changed its mind about the fate of the Cosworth engine. ' USAC, the sanctioning body that calls the shots at the Indianapolis 500, had originally decided that only standard production engines would be allowed in 1982. But after watching the performance of the "stock block" powerplants the past few months, USAC wisely decided to let the Cosworths back in the ball game. NEXT SEASON, the Cosworths will be aJlowed the same manifold pressure (48 itiches) they currently have. The only difference is that they'll be made to use the smaller 691 turbocharger at all times. And considering most of the Indy-car smarting lineups are dominated by the English-built 8-cylinder motors, it was Very good news. "I'm thrilled," exclaimed Roger Pens-he, "not just for my team but for everybody in our situation. I think it's obvious ojir rules the past two years have made (or some great racing and I'm happy we'll be keeping them in 1982." Sixteen of the 26 starters here employed Cosworths. Only Mike Mosley, who won here last June, has driven any Other engine to victory lane since 1977. Prior to USAC's statement, it had been rumored that the Cosworth would only be allowed 44 inches of boost in '82 and that would have surely given the normally aspirated engines like Mosley's a pretty healthy advantage. ("IF THEY (USAC) would have taken away any more than two inches, it would have probably killed us," explained Larry SI utter, Cosworth's chief American builder. "Even with 46, we'd have had to work like hell to get it back. "This way, it won't cost everybody too much money to change to the smaller blower and it's also pretty close to what Keith Duckworth (half of the Cosworth's creator) wanted to do." Slutter was asked how much going to the smaller turbo would hurt the Cos-worth's performance? fit's got to hurt a little, maybe about 40 horsepower at first," he replied. "But it jwill probably end up taking away around 20 horsepower." Dan Gurney, one of the pioneers of the normally aspirated engines at Indy and owner of Mosley's slick Pepsi Challenger Eagle, was against the Cosworth being thrown out. He was asked his feelings about USAC's latest decision. "I THINK IT'S a step in the right direction," he stated. "I don't think it's unfair for the normally aspirated teams or the guys with Cosworths. I've heard it might cost them 20 horsepower at first, but with a winter of dyno work, by the time the season starts it might not cost them anything." Gurney's engine, which isn't a stock block because of all the exotic components inside it, is nonetheless at a disadvantage on the bigger tracks. However, last weekend at Michigan, Mosley managed to blow past everyone and get into the lead before the engine began running sour. At first, it was thought the valves were tagged because Mike said he'd missed a shift. But upon inspection back in Santa Ana, Calif., it was discov ered the only problem was a spark plug wire had worked itself off. "The engine looked great when we took it apart and that made us very happy," said Gurney. "I've been telling people all season that we weren't far enough along to run fast all day for 500 miles but it looks like we're getting there." If USAC would have held steadfast to its original specs, most of the top teams would have probably fielded two cars one with a normally aspirated engine for Indy and one with a Cosworth for the CART circuit. The lower buck teams would have probably been forced to go with just the normally aspirated motor because of Indy. Now they won't have to make that choice and a lot of added expense has been postponed. Van Haute, Fornes (who finished third Saturday), Chuck Quast, Larry Doering and Richard Zebrowski broke away from the pack on the 16th lap. Mike Farrell and Larry Doering's twin, Gary, both tried to catch the quintet during the next four tours but they couldn't and it became a five-man race. "I really didn't think I would have a chance to win again today," said Van Hatue. "But the race was just like Saturday's. I was laying back just taking it easy and no one was going away. I just waited for the right moment and went and suddenly the five of us were way out in front." Steve Maus of Indianapolis led after seven laps and was trying to pull away. Bruce Donaghy, second in the standings behind Indianapolis' Wayne Stetina (who didn't race Sunday), caught Maus on the 11th circuit. Donaghy, who didn't place in the first 20, fell back on the next lap and Maus was joined by Australian pro Terry Hammond and Canada's Hugh Walton. Maus fell by the wayside and Quast joined Hammond and Walton. THE CANADIAN and the Australian fell back suddenly, however, and Quast was out front by himself on Laps 13 through 16. "I new there was too far to go to stay out front by myself the rest of the way, I was just waiting for someone to come up and join me," said Quast, who was awarded third after Larry Doering originally was credited with that spot. "It was hard going alone all that way and I was tired at the end but that didn't cost me the race." After 28 laps, the five racers had opened a 37-second advantage over three bikers who were going after the sixth through eighth spots: Gary Doering, Farrell and Ian Bowles of St. Petersburg, Fla. The five had a 1:07 lead over the rest of the pack. The leaders caught the field with 17 trips left (thus splitting a $75 pot for accomplishing that feat) and blended in with the rest of the racers until the final few miles. Larry Doering led with four go-rounds left and Fornes was ahead with three. Quast was on top with two to go and as the bell lap started the leaders were together on the course in the middle of the lapped pack. "I WAS worried when the bell sounded because I was caught in the middle of traffic," said the winner. "I was afraid some of the slower riders would get in my way and I'd get stuck. "But I yelled for them to move over, they did, and I got even with the top five. Then my teammate, Roger Young from Detroit, got in front of me and led me down the backstretch. I pulled out with about 100 meters to go and was in good shape ... I'm a pretty good sprinter down the stretch." Van Haute collected $200 for his vic tory (an amateur cyclist can win as much as $200 a day and keep his amateuc standing). The total purse was $2,000. The race also was profitable for Ham mond. He started sixth in the national standings before the start and finished ninth for 11 points, moving him inUj second place with 62 points. Neither Donaghy, who was second in standings nor third-place Ron Haymond, placed Sunday. They were the only other racers in Top 20 entered at Brookside. The National Road Championships open today at Bear Mountain, N Y. That event kepf, many racers away from Indy. - Sheila Young Ochowicz, who won a gold medal in speedskating in the 1974 Winter Olympics in the 500-meter event won her second straight race Sunday in the 20-mile Women's Classic when she passed Detroit's Connie Paraskevin WttB 30 yards to go. The victory moved her into third place in the women's standings;' Seminar for ADs scheduled at IHSAA A seminar for new high school athletic directors in District 3 of the Indiana High School Athletic Association is scheduled Wednesday at the IHSAA offices, 9150 North Meridian Street. The session will commence at 8:30 a.m. and be completed by 2 p.m., with lunch provided. Topics to be discussed include scheduling, hiring game officials, transportation and budgeting procedures. The seminar is co-sponsored by the IHSAA and the Indiana High School Ath letic Administrators Association. For information, interested persons should contact Perry Meridian High School Athletic Director Noah Ellis at 888-1991. Turner fully awake; faces tests this week Injured Indiana Univer- sity basketball player Landon Turner was awake and alert Sunday, but nurses reported he was ex tremely tired, officials at Methodist Hospital said. Hospital spokesman Fred Price said Turner be-gan to regain consciousness Saturday and became fully awake Sunday. Turner was still listed in serious condition and re mained in intensive car with paralysis in his hands and legs. His spine was fractured and his head injured July 25 in an automobile accident. Tests will be conducted either today or Tuesday to determine the extent of the paralysis, and a decision will be made then on whether surgery is required, Price said. Turner remained on a respirator as a precautionary measure, according to Price. 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