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Sunday, October 15, 1989
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(M8- Pruett easily best 'rookie' of Indy-cars IN A MONTH filled with news of driver and team changes, rules proposals and a possible restruc- turirig of CART, a minor injus tice might be overlooked. On Monday at the season-ending banquet at Pebble Beach. Mexico's Bernard Jourdain Is expected to receive the "rookie of the year" award for the 1989 CARTPPG season. Jourdain. who also was co-rookie of the year for last May's Indianapolis 500, has been the top point earner among the eligible first- year drivers. There is no fudging or politics Involved in this one Jourdain will win the award fair and square. However, because of the way an Indy-car rookie's eligibility status is determined, the year's top rookie isn't necessarily the year's best one. The rule clearly states that in order to be In the running for the award, a driver must have competed in no more than five Indy-car races overall and no more than two In a season. Last season. Jourdain ran at Laguna Seca and at Miami where he scored a fine fifth- place finish. Scott Pruett ran three races last year Long Beach, the ' Meadowlands and Mid-Ohio where he ran an impressive fifth before a wheel- banger with Raul Boesel eliminated him. Although he entered the sea son with only one more Indy-car race under his belt than Jour dain, Pruett can't be the top rookie even though he has clearly been the best of the newcom ers, who also include Steve Sa-leen, Guldo Dacco, Jon Beekhuis, Jean-Pierre Frey and James Weaver. And even though he's never been in consideration for the honor named for his team's founder, Jim Trueman. one gets the impression that the 29-year- old resident of Dublin, Ohio, wishes he was. If anything, he is philosophical about the situation. 'The thing is, going Into it we knew we couldn't be part of it," Pruett explained. "But I've been treated like a rookie all year long. 'As of Phoenix, which was my fourth-ever Indy-car race and my first on an oval, I was considered a roorfie. I had to run CART rookie orientation at Phoe nix, did the rookie orientation at Indianapolis and did rookie orientation at Michigan and Poco no. Heading into today's finale at Laguna Seca, Pruett Is currently eighth in the point standings with 89 points. He has finished Grouse-hunting season opens A LTHOUGH Indiana's season on grouse will open Saturday (Oct. 21) in all or parts of 22 counties, mostly in the south, the best hunting will come late In November and on through December and January. The season will continue through Jan. 31. 1990. Steve Backs, wild turkey and grouse biologist for the Division of Fish and Wildlife, says drumming grouse counts showed slight Increases last spring, indicating that the cyclic nosedive of this species some seven years ago may be about to run Its course. But populations of grouse still will be far below the levels of grouse hunters found before the cyclic downtrend. "Increases were not large," Backs said, "but at least they were a turn upward." At any rate. Backs expects the grouse hunting this year to be at least as ood as it was last year when bagging a bird required nearly 18 hours of hunting, and he thinks hunters who seek out areas that were clearcut between 8 and 15 years ago have the best chance. Moreover, he says there are maps available which will help grouse hunters find that kind of habitat. "The Outdoorsman's Maps produced by the Department of Pl:r.3 a DAGCELOa FAFtTY? fit Mt k STYLE at Mrs Prirtip Bachelor Party Headquarters! FEATURING SOLID GOLD'S V.I.P. ROOM By Reservation Only ScMSdi A CiiSraa's Sfewcfcl I Eatiry 3551 Lafayette Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46222 293-7908 . Visa & MasterCard Accepted p Auto Racing v. vrB&f By RICK SHAFFER In the points 1 1 out of 14 races He was 1 1th at Phoenix, 10th at Indianapolis (where he shared rookie of the year" honors with Jourdain), fifth at Milwaukee, second at Detroit, fifth at Port land, sixth at Cleveland, third at the Meadowlands, sixth at To ronto. eighth at Pocono, eighth at Elkhart Lake and sixth at Nazareth. Pruett also led at De troit and qualified in the top 10 on eight occasions. Jourdain. bv contrast, has finished in the points three times with a ninth at Indiana polls, a 10th at Toronto and an 11th at Pocono. Jourdain has never started higher than 19th. Pruett arguably has the ad vantage in the equipment de partment. His Truesports team is an established winner and for mer driver Bobby Rahal cap tured the 1986 Indianapolis 500 a pair of CARTPPG titles and 18 race victories. But a team's equipment and financial resources are not part of the consideration. It's simply a matter of how many points you score during the season. Coming up with a proper solution is difficult as you get into the question of how many races are sufficient for a driver to graduate from rookie to veteran. A driver wanting to break into the Indy-car ranks is certainly not going to pass up a ride if it means jeopardizing his rookie status. Pruett, for one, has no specific answer. Ira not sure how many races should count," he contin ued. "Maybe they could break it down into how many road courses and how many ovals you run. It could be two of one and one of the other. I'm really not sure what would work." Perhaps there is no good answer, but the matter at least merits some consideration. Rookie drivers add to the drama of a season, especially when they are as talented as a Scott Pruett. And since the Indy 500 "rookie of the year" carries a lot of prestige, there's no reason the CARTPPG counterpart couldn't have the same kind of recognition. Regardless. Pruett has reason to be proud of his first full season. "I am pleased with the way the year has gone, but I'm not satisfied," he pointed out. "There was a lot of pressure on me because of the ride I had with such a good team, but Steve Home (Truesports team director) and Budwelser have been good to me. I've been my own worst critic, but I feel I've come a long way." Lines And Shots By "BAYOU" BILL SCIFRES Natural Resources and sold by that agency's Map Sales Room will help hunters locate the best grouse habitat in the Hoosier National Forest," Backs said, adding that they are available through either the state agency or the HNF office at Bedford. One of the Outdoorsman's Maps covers the Lost River Area on the Lawrence-Orange-Martin county line and the other the Pleasant Run Area east of Monroe Reservoir. Both offer very good grouse habitat. Price of the maps is $3.15 each (including tax) and there is additional United Parcel mailing cost of $2.50 if they are ordered through the DNR's Map Sales Room. 612 State Office Building. Indianapolis. IN 46204. South- SUE LETZINGER Noblesville $3,000,000 Hard work, dedication and professional service are qualities . that helped Sue reach $3,000,000 in sales. For quality real estate service, call one of Graves' Top Producers! BUS: 773-6630 RES: 877-0246 tt0t mux-' If. ULUSL -THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR- Little By RICK SHAFFER STAR STAFF WRITER Monterey, Calif. Emerson Fittipaldi ran out of fuel on the last lap, Michael Andrettl ran of fuel on the cool-down lap and Al Unser Jr. ran out of fuel in the best place of all victory lane. Unser & Co. calculated their fuel mileage and captured what turned out to be the world's most expensive economy run as the Albuquerque native won the $820,000 Marlboro Challenge Saturday at Laguna Seca Raceway. Driving the Valvollne Lola Chevy, Unser swept past Michael Andretti on the 13th lap and stayed there the rest of the way to win the first prize of $250,000. Danny Sullivan was second in the Miller High Life PC-18Chevy and Bobby Rahal was third in the Kraco LolaCos-worth. The victory ended a drought for Unser, who last won an Indy-car race in April at Long Beach. "We started out the season well, but I honestly think Indy took its toll on us." said Unser, alluding to his second-place finish to Fittipaldi at Indy when the pair tangled and Unser ended up against the wall. "I guess that's all behind us now. "The car ran flawlessly today. The only mistakes made were by me. Luckily. I didn't knock any wings off this time." Unser alluded to his controversial win at Long Beach where a late-race collision with Mario Soviets give ASSOCIATED PRESS Moscow There were trophies, flowers, hugs and smiles for Pam Shriver and she didn't even reach the third round. Shriver was given the type of send-off usually reserved for Grand Slam champions as she bade farewell to Moscow Saturday. "I can't Imagine what they would have given me If I'd won the tournament," the American said. "I probably wouldn't have been able to fit it all on the plane." Shriver. the top seed at the first professional tennis event to be staged In the Soviet Union, was eliminated in the second round of the $100,000 Virginia Slims tournament on Thursday. But it was a farewell she said she would never forget. "It was certainly the most memorable second-round loss of my life," Shriver said. "It's been a unique week. When I look back, this will be one of the memorable weeks of my career." Although she is only ranked 11th in the world and hasn't won a singles event all year. ern hunters of the Bedford, area may purchase the maps at the HNF office at 811 Constitution Avenue In Bedford. "Clearcuts of these areas and their dates are marked on the maps," Backs said, adding that grouse thrive in this kind of habitat. Counties open to grouse hunting are Bartholomew, Brown, Clark, Crawford, Greene (east of t LAJJ ULDJJo t. TONIGHT 11 PM BRIAN HAMMONS WXIN5V SPORT: To place your Classified Ad Phone 633-1212 THE STAR THE NEWS Al takes 531. k "TWf v-. -i&m-- Al Unser Jr. Andretti eliminated the latter and Unser's right front wing. But Saturday's race was decided on fuel mileage and Unser was quick to credit his car owner. "After our stop, I kept asking Rick (Galles) how many laps were left. I learned in sprint cars that you only go fast enough to win. Rick calculated it perfectly and I ran out of fuel in victory lane." The third annual event, which features 10 top Indy-car drivers, looked for a time to be a sprint race for the son of the four-time Indianapolis 500 winner. But after building a lead of 23 seconds over Rahal, Unser found the need to conserve fuel in the 100-mile race. y,c..yj?ji E: -t tTf - - V- - iaa: ' Shriver emotional send-off Shriver was treated like a superstar throughout her first visit to Moscow. Organizers of the event presented her with two huge trophies Saturday, one a porcelain Jar from Soviet Georgia, the other a hand-painted pottery teapot worth an estimated $3,600 and sculptured in the village of Gzhel, 100 miles outside Mos cow. "You have been chosen as the most popular and charming player" of the tournament. Shriver was told before receiving the two trophies and a bunch of pink and white flowers. In response, Shriver told the crowd of 8,000 she was sorry she had not played her best, and that she would try to come back next year "and bring some of the other top players with me." As she left the cavernous Olympic Stadium, Shriver was mobbed by autograph-hunters, who pressed so hard against the side of the court that a protective barrier almost collapsed. "I'm really not used to this," Shriver said. "You don't get this treatment anywhere after losing in the second round." After her elimination by Saturday U.S. 231). Jackson, Jennings (south of U.S. 50), Johnson, Lagrange, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, Owen. Perry, Putnam (south of U.S. 40). Scott, Steuben, Washington, and Jasper-Pulaski State Fish and Wildlife Area in Jasper, Pulaski and Starke counties. In addition to the Indiana hunting license ($8.75). a game bird habitat stamp ($6.75) is required for grouse hunters. p 1 X m 3? f jm if -J fe&&rit Marlboro race Unser, who started sixth, found himself that far ahead because Fittipaldi. the polesitter, had made his necessary visit to the pits, allowing Rahal to move up. Unser himself dashed in for fuel on Lap 27 and a complete set of tires. That took 1 1 .5 seconds and he enjoyed a 13.4-sec-ond lead over Fittipaldi. But Unser appeared to have slowed his pace. In a matter of three laps, the Brazilian had whittled the margin down to 5.5 seconds. Unser, however, was trying to heat up his new tires and conserve fuel. The gap remained that way until the final lap when Fittipaldi, who found himself In a battle for second with Sullivan, slowed down out of fuel. Sullivan finished 4.1 seconds behind Unser and received a $20,000 bonus for setting the race's fastest lap. a 109.335 on Lap 40. Sullivan might have made it closer had he not been assessed a stop-and-go penalty on Lap 26. "The (penalty) was for spin-. ning the tires before the car hit ground." Sullivan explained. "We still can't find that one in the rulebooks. That was a 16-second stop and we lost by 4 seconds." Rahal nearly lost third, but managed to block Teo Fabl prior to the line to preserve the finish. That incensed Fabl enough to give Rahal a brake Job as the pair exited Turn 1 . France's Julie Halard, Shriver decided to stay in Moscow to do some sightseeing despite a draining trip from the Federation Cup in Tokyo in order to get here on time. She visited the Kremlin, Red Square, the Olympic facilities used for the 1980 Games and the Moscow circus. ONE MONTH FREE ROGAINE If You Qualify For Treatment Before After 156 E. MARKET ST. SUITE 407 637-5224 or 1-800-783-5224 (3 i g & I Till ULTIMATE DRIVING MACIKXX. "60 month closed end lease. Purchase option $9547.50. $900 Cap. cost reduction. First and last payments in advance. Total of lease payments $19 500 Sales tax not included. 15.000 miles per year limitation. Requires credit approval. Otter expires October 31, 1989. Stock 2959. DREYER & REINBOLD (Corner of 1-465 Keystone Ave.) 9375 WHITLEY DRIVE INDIANAPOLIS. IN 46240 (317) 573-0200 Give yourself the GTE advantage, over 100 years of telecommunication experience. 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The contract has to be finalized and we have 15 days to put signatures on the agreement." , What makes the partnership a potentially Interesting one Is the fact that Patrick Racing will keep its 1989 PC-18 chassis campaigned so successfully this year by Emerson Fittipaldi. , Lombard! and March's Dave Reeves admitted that it was possible that a PC-18 Alfa could be used should it be quicker than the new March 90C chassis. The AlfaMarch team has had a partnership this season with the John Capels-run Morales Autosports operation. Lombardi praised their effort. Lombardi also gave high marks to Roberto Guerrero, who has driven the car this season and is in line to drive it next year. Guerrero's current contract has an option year for '90 and Lombardi said he hoped they could retain the Colombian driver- THE CARTPPG Indy-car season concludes today with the Champion Spark Plug 300 race (ESPN. 3:30 p.m.). 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