The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on May 11, 1986 · Page 83
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Tiie Indianapolis Star SUNDAY, MAY 11, 1986 Section D wilts under FIRST ROW DANNY SULLIVAN 1 Miller-Amercan Mears record run RICK MEARS 4 Pennzoil Z-7 MICHAEL ANDRETTI 18 Kra'coVSTP MarchCosworth MarchCosworth MarchCosworth 1 5fl)0 Field 1 WW ' 1 :41.364 217.581 :41.451 217.124 :41.503 216.852 41.712 215.765 Totals 2:46.030 216.828 BOBBY RAHAI. Bud weiserTruesport MarchCosworth KEVIN COGAN 7 7-Elcven MarchCosworth f , v 4 v. 1 ; t :42.326 212.635 :42.315 212.691 :42.545 211.541 :42.688 210.832 Totals 2:49.874. 211.922 AL UNSER JR. 30 Domino's Pizza LolaCosworth :42.406 212.234 :42.394 212.294 :42.710 210.723 :42.676 210.891 Totals 2:50.186 211.533 JOHNNY RUTHERFORD 21 Vermont American Tool MarchCosworth a7 ar X :42.875 209.913 :42.781 210.374 :42.759 210.482 :42.834 210.113 Totals 2:51.249 210.220 ROBERTO MORENO 9 Galles LolaCosworth :43.027 209.171 :42.962 209.487 :42.924 209.673 :42.950 209.546 Totals 2:51.863 209.469 JOSELE GARZA 55 SchaeferMachinists Union MarchCosworth .43.199 208.338 :43.090 208.865 :42.943 209.500 :43.067 208.977 Totals 2:52.299 208.939 DENNIS FIRESTONE 36 Pace Electronics LolaCosworth :43.422 207.268 :43.319 207.761 :43.387 207.421 :43.390 207.421 Totals 2:53.518 207.471 :41.719 215.729 :41.714 215.755 :41.737 215.636 41.975 214.413 Totals 2:47.145 215.382 SECOND ROW MARIO ANDRETTI 2 NewmanHaas LolaCos worth " 1 jy :41.922 214.684 :42.310 212.716 :42.229 213.124 f ' 1 :41249 213023 :42.193 213.306 ' 4 :42.428 212.124 :42.235 213.093 It &Z f :42.584 211.347 Totals ' TotaIs 2:48.519 213.550 2:44.571 212.300 THIRD ROW TOM SNEVA 33 Skoal Bandit MarchCosworth :42.454 211.994 :42.513 211.700 :42.422 212.154 :42.520 211.665 Totals 2:49.909 211.878 FOURTH ROW ED PIMM 66 SkoalPaceCurb MarchCosworth v 211.446 211.815 210.719 209.531 Totals 2:50.718 210.874 :42.564 :42.490 :42.711 :42.953 FIFTH ROW RANDY LANIER 12 Arciero Racing MarchCosworth :42.718 :42.823 :42.910 :43.007 210.684 210.167 209.771 209.964 Totals 2:15.458 209.964 SIXTH ROW JACQUES VILLENEUVE 81T Living WellHemelgarn MarchCosworth :43.094 208.846 :42.965 209.473 :42.901 209.785 :42.962 209.487 Totals 2:51.922 209.397 SEVENTH ROW TONY BETTENHAUSEN 16 Bettenhausen Racing MarchCosworth :43.035 209.132 -.42.996 209.322 :43.117 208.734 :43.156 208.346 Totals 2:52.304 208.933 EIGHTH ROW GEOFF BRABHAM 8 ValvolineSpirit :43.088 208.875 :43.179 208.435 :43.515 206.825 :44.062 204.258 Totals 2:53.814 207.082 i. I :41.924 214.674 :41.915 214.720 :41.926 214.664 -42.050 214.031 Totals 2:47.815 214.522 AL UNSER SR. 11 Hertz PenskeChevy 42.357 212.480 42.343 212.550 42.483 211.849 42.392 212.304 Totals 2:49.575 212.295 ROBERTO GUERRERO 5 True Value 42.523 211.650 42.364 212.445 42.530 211.615 42.735 210.600 Totals 2:50.152 211.576 EMERSON FITTIPALDI 20 Marlboro MarchCosworth :42.201 213.265 :42.245 213.043 :43.044 209.088 :43.745 . 205.738 Totals 2:51.235 210.237 PANCHO CARTER 15 Coors Light MarchCosworth VLjlk: 1 LolaCosworth 42.822 210.172 42.768 210.477 42.974 209.429 43.171 208.473 Totals 2:51.727 209.635 DANNY ONGAIS 25 Panavision MarchBuick 42.536 211.585 42.846 210.055 43.225 208.213 43.512 206.839 Totals 2:52.119 209.158 ARIE LUYENDYK 61 MCI Race For Life LolaCosworth 43.092 208.855 :43.257 208.059 43.470 207.039 43.415 207.302 Totals 2:53.234 207.811 t : ml fffllttWf t Additional qualification stories, Pages 2, 4, 5, 8, 9 Qualification Scorecard, Pit Pass, Page 6 'i - J 1 J ? , fe. SWv-v 3 By BOB WALTERS STAR STAFF WRITER All week long. Rick Mears made a point of practicing in the heat of the day. Saturday, he burned up the track. The two-time Indy winner sizzled to one- and four-lap qualifying records and for the third time will start from the pole position race day. "We'd been sneaking up on speed all week," Mears said. His qualification times revealed an all-out frontal attack. Through the first week of practice for this year's Indy 500, Mears squeaked past 210 miles per hour, then 211, and Thursday clocked the week's fastest practice time of 214.694. Barely, an hour after Penske teammate and defending Indy champ Danny Sullivan set one-and four-lap records in the 215 range, Mears cranked up his Pennzoil Z-7 MarchCosworth and scorched the short-lived marks. Mears averaged 216.828 miles an hour for the four-lap record run, nearly a mile-and-half per hour faster than Sullivan's 215.382. Mears' first lap was fastest at 217.581. followed by a 217.124. 216.852 and 215.765. Mears slowest lap. if you can call it that, was exactly one-tenth of a mile per hour faster than Sullivan's best of 215.755. Sitting in qualification line after Sullivan. Mears confessed. "I was a nervous wreck. You don't know what condition the track is See MEARS Page 4 III' " "SZ0; Z ll IMi1. x ' if ' ""j"" ',""r'!v ?'"'1 v J STAR STAFF PHOTOFRANK H. FISSE Rick Mears takes the checkered flag after his record-breaking qualifying run. Defending king Sullivan blitzed in pole showdown By BILL BENNER " STAR STAFF WRITER It was a classy gesture from Danny Sullivan. Just as his teammate. Rick Mears, pulled away from the pits to begin his qualifying run Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sullivan moved out where Mears could see him and gave him the thumbs-up sign. Nice touch. Only Sullivan stopped just a little short with his non-verbal communication. He should have added another gesture. Like a goodbye wave. Because no sooner had Sullivan become the new one and four-lap record holder at the Speedway than he was the old one and four-lap record holder at the Speedway. Sullivan, the defending Indianapolis 500 champion, ventured onto the track Just before noon Saturday and clicked off a single-lap record of 215.755 and a four-lap standard of 215.382 In his red Miller American March Cosworth. But, in his post-qualifying round of interviews, Danny Boy played the role of prophet, not of fool. "Before I get carried away Index To i Lakers top Houston in NBA playoffs Page 2 Major League baseball roundups Page 3 County baseball tournament Paae 10 Sp(0F Bob Collins 2 David Benner 7 Lines & Shots 12 Big Fish 12 Max Stultz 16 Scoreboard ".. 20 about the record, I'd better wait to see if It stands," he cautioned. "In my heart. I want to keep the pole, but Rick's awfully tough." And, on this day, too tough. And too fast. After Mears acknowledged Sullivan's greeting with a high sign, he proceeded to lay his Penske teammate low, wiping out Sullivan's track records and his brief spot on the pole. "Well. I thought all along he'd do It," said Sullivan, moments after watching Mears' rapid run from near the scoring pylon. "If I'm going to get beat by somebody, it's nice that it's a teammate. I'm glad for him. Certainly It's a disappointment but I'm still happy. And I'm still up there." Indeed, up there and right alongside Mears. middle of the first row come Race Day. There Is no better seat in the house other than the one belonging to Mears, of course. "Rick's about the fastest oval driver I've ever seen, as far as going out there and Just flat going fast, getting the most out of the car and knowing how to run four laps around here, or even 200," Sullivan said. "Rick's the best I've ever seen and when you get to the speeds we're going now. it becomes a matter of who See SULLIVAN Page 4 Strange bedfellows comprise second lottery lineup in NBA STAR PHOTOVERN ATKINS Joques Villeneuve celebrates a qualifying run that put him in the middle of the sixth row. By DAVID BENNER STAR STAFF WRITER New York You're having this party and through some strange quirk, the invitations end up In the hands of people you really don't want to come. Unless the Manson Family or the Hell's Angels are your Ideas of party favors. Perhaps, that's taking it to extremes, but when the Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors gather here today In the Grand Hyatt Hotel (1 to 1:15 p.m., Channel 8) for the NBA's second annual lottery, the last people they want to see are the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks. After all, they see enough of them and their dust during the season. And it doesn't make it any easier catching them when they're part of a party that's designed to help you catch up. But todny these strange bedfellows will all gather together In somewhat perfect harmony to draw cards to determine who drafts where in June's NBA draft. The first four obviously belong as holders of four of the worst records from this past season. The other three, all playoff teams with enough talent assets to put Star Search out of business, are here thanks to the wisdom of trades. Ever watch Let's Make A Deal? You have the refrigerator, but being greedy you want what's behind the door. So you trade. And behind the door is a six-pack of E-Z Go Laxative. So, here's who got the laxative and the uncomfortable seats at home for today's lottery:. "Dallas has Cleveland's pick from a 1980 trade that sent Bill Robinzlne and a 1983 No. 1 pick and Cleveland's 1986 pick to the Mavericks for Richard Washington and Jerome Whitehead. A stupid oops. Boston has Seattle's pick from a 1984 trade that gave the Sonics guard Gerald Henderson. Nice idea, but still an oops. Philadelphia has the Los Angeles Clippers' pick thanks to a 1979 trade for Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant. The Clippers are now gagging on that penchant for candy. So there you have It. the field Is set. although the Cavaliers are sort of in it. Through a deal when their new owners purchased the team, they have bought a draft pick that will follow Dallas, unless the Mavs get No. 1. Then the best it can be Is three. The worst, of course. Is eight. The Pacers, along with the Knicks and Golden State, are returnees to the lottery and come into it with a second-place finish and Wayman Tlsdale from a year ago. Because of the element of luck, there's no figuring where they will be this year. Here's what happens: Representatives of the seven teams will draw with order determined in a random draw earlier seven envelopes containing the teams' logos from a clear plexiglass container. They will hand the envelopes to a member of the NBA's security department. The first envelope selected will be placed under number 7. proceeding to number See LOTTERY Page 7

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