The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on May 29, 1978 · Page 33
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MONDAY, MAY 29, 1978- THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR PACE 33 Ord er To ssued By MARY HULMAN, widow of Tony ATA Hulman and chairman of the board of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, spoke the "magic words" Sunday which sent 33 drivers away from the starting line in the 62nd edition of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. ; Mrs. Hulman said, "Lady and gentle-. men, start your engines" to signal the beginning of the 197S race. The words "lady and" were not audible to most of the throng which jammed ' the Speedway for the race. However, - those standing close to Mrs. Hulman heard her say "the lady" in honor of 1 Janet Guthrie, who finished eighth. Until Mrs. Hulman was introduced, it . was not known who would say the words : to start the cars. Hulman had said the t words annually many times prior to his death last autumn. Start arv M Engines ulman H pit '..:PASS HIS CAR WASN'T long for the 500-Mile Race but the head of Smock Material Handling was satisfied that he got his money's worth out of the firm's sponsorship of Jerry Sneva's No. 30 McLaren-Offy. The car went out in the first 20 laps with a broken ring and pinion gear, but Bill Smock came away enthused. "I don't know a better way to spend feiVK ft 'v7 -rCU,V v fir' ff 1?t : Jt f i ; f ' t4 1 V t L KV 5?V , TX- W 1,4. 4 - K4r ti i wmHi "nTl trfrri hrf " P-m KELP FOR SNIDER George Snider was still running at the end of the 500 Mile Race Sunday, but when he pulled into the pits he , had to be helped from his car and was placed in an awaiting ambulance where he was given oxygen. Snider finished ninth in the race and was on his 190th circuit when Al Unser wrapped it up. (Star Photo by Ralph Dicks) Car Handling Poorly, f 7th-Place Foyt Says the month of May," said the local executive. "I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'd recommend it to any other local firms that might be thinking about sponsoring a car at the Speedway. "I think we'll be back next year. It's been a beautiful way to go." MARI HULMAN GEORGE lost her son in the Speedway crowd prior to the start of the pace lap. "Can't find Tony (Hulman George)," Mari said to Jim Rathmann as the two stood next to the Corvette Pace Car. "Don't worry," soothed Rathmann. "He'll be here when it's time." He was. "WHAT DID THEY do with my machine?" asked Louis Meyer, who was celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first of three 500-Mile Race victories. Louis was looking for his 1928 Miller, which he drove 50 years ago and which was scheduled to make a commemorative lap before the start of the race. The missing Miller was located at the head of the pits near the north turn so Louis went hoofing it up the pits to take his one-lap trip. JANET GUTHRIE never would have gotten the Good Housekeeping Award during one of the pit stops. Janet took fuel and was speeding down pit row when she suddenly pitched a water bottle out of her cockpit which went sliding up to the pit wall. LARRY RICE CAME within one lap of being the only rookie of the five racing to finish. Riceroni's engine let go on the white flag lap, but he was still 11th in his Bryant Heating & Cooling WIBC Lightning owned by Pat Santello and two Allegheny Airline pilots. "Well, you can't come much closer than that to finishing," smiled the two-time USAC champion. "It wasn't as hard as I expected it to be, but I did get pretty tired with about 25 laps to go. SALT WALTHER, who spent most of the race in the pits while his Dayton-Walther crew changed a clutch, took time while they were working to put the bad-mouth on his chief mechanic, Tommie Smith. "My throttle stuck on the very first lap because Tommie Smith changed it last night after I told him not to," complained Walther. "This is it, either he goes or I do because I've made too many excuses for chief mechanics in the past. "There's no reason to change something that comes from Roger Penske (Walther was driving a McLaren with Penske suspension pieces on it) and I'd like to thank everyone in my crew except Smith, for doing a great job." When he was done yelling, Salt went out and made 24 laps before parking No. 77 for good in 28th position. I " .' - ' ' i '" I ' y"S. ' ' I ' 4 ' y 1 moon- jLaA f -' ;;vt ft fc3 H Hrlvf ypj yL, m i. rf",:;Xw?,1"i'"lt,',-"l" ,iMMgSSai r--- SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYE And comes out the rear of your car if you were Danny Ongais Sunday at the Speedway. Ongais, who started in the middle of the first row, led 67 laps of the 62nd running of the 500-Mile Race before he was forced from the field encountering turbocharger troubles. (Star Photo By Greg Griffo) Mario's Troubles Started Early, Lasted The Race By SUSAN LaMAR WADE Mario Andretti already had quite a few creases in his 38-year-old face when he returned this May to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 13th time. But he added another just 19 laps in Sunday's 62nd Indianapolis 500. Only 30 minutes into the chase, the 1969 victor lost seven minutes and six seconds in the pits when the ignition system on his Penske-Cosworth failed to fire the engine. An unco-operative wire in the coil hampered his bid for a triumph in the Gould Charge that cranked out the track's fastest pre-qualification numbers, 203 482. He ended the day in 12th place, 15 laps down from third-time winner Al Unser. "IT WAS GOING every bit the way I was hoping at first," sighed Andretti in his garage afterward. "I thought we were pretty much where we wanted to be. Up until then (the damaging stop) we were doing good. "I think I lost a couple of valves then too," he diagnosed. "The coil created our valve problem." The odds were not in Andretti's favor. Because he opted to run the Belgian Grand Prix where he grabbed the pole, the victory and the Formula I World Driving points lead after rains doused his hopes of qualifying the first weekend, Mike Hiss qualified the car. When Andretti replaced Hiss as driver, the machine automatically was put at the back of the pack. "We had a pretty conservative start," he recalled. "I didn't waste too much time moving up. I said I was going to be careful. Everybody was waiting to crucify me, I didn't want to give them the satisfaction. , Andretti added. "We were going to run normal boost." But he said when the lengthy sit in the pits occurred, he scrapped strategy. "You're over the hill then." After he peeled off his sweaty driver's suit and fireproof long-johns and jumped into some jeans, he had time to reflect. HE SAID HE had a "gutless feeling" falling so far behind the contenders and mockingly said the only thing that kept him going was "stupidity." Disgustedly, he said, "We never ran good (after the first pit)." Although his speed was in the mid-180s the rest of the muggy afternoon, the engine sounded sour. Mario simply called it "ratty." Quizzed about the results of the swel tering temperatures, he flatly said, "The heat was no problem whatsoever. Tell ya' what, it's been hotter. I was down in Brazil this year, and that's hot!" Andretti dispelled any speculation that he might withdraw from either Formula I or United States Auto Club championship competition and concentrate on the other. "Naw," he said, wrinkling his nose. "Tomorrow I'll feel better. Today I don't feel worth a s . But tomorrow is another day." And with that he was gone. BY ASSOCIATED PDESS The car wasn't handling worth a darn," said A J. Foyt in brief remarks after his bid for a fifth Indy 500 victory Sunday ended with his crew pushing his car into the gargage after it ran out of fuel near the end of the race. Foyt, the only man to win the race four times, finished seventh, completing 191 laps. "The engine was running OK, but the shocks got hot," said Foyt before he left Gasoline Alley riding his motorcycle. He declined to comment further. "To put it mildly, things didn't go right in the pits," said Jim Gilmore, a co-owner of the Coyote-Foyt. "I don't know who was at fault, but things just did not go the way they should. - "IT WAS A lone, hot dav I'm sure J you saw how they had to ice down our second driver, George Snider, wed hoped to finish higher. We don't come here to finish second or lower," Gilmore said. Foyt still had fuel available in his pit when the race ended. - "I imagine he decided to go as far as he could without spending any more time J in the pits, " said Gilmore. "At that point I'm sure he realized he wasn't going to ,win the race, so he was aiming at finish-Jing as high as possible." ; THE SEVENTH-pIace finish was Foyt's poorest since he finished 15th in 1974. The Texan began his race m the middle of the seventh row and rapidly moved up, although a series of yellow caution lights early slowed his progress. "I was satisfied with our start," said Gilmore, who mentioned that Foyt had moved into seventh place by the time 30 of the 200 laps had been completed. However, he dropped out of the top 10 later and never got higher than seventh. Sneva Takes USAC Point Race Lead; Ongais Falls To 6th Defending U.S. Auto Club national driving champion Tom Sneva, who finished second to Al Unser in Sunday's Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, took over the USAC points lead from Danny Ongais. Gordon Johncock, who finished third, remained second in the standings, and Unser moved up from ninth to third with his victory. 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