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Sunday, November 7, 1999
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-4" iW8?" -t- Jijp V'Vi-sS - THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1999 C7 t ".! NO"- MiKA J ft airfo racing, you never know when you may lose friend to death The Racing Insider Robin Miller Back in the '60s, there was an unwritten rule that race drivers got close to each other only on the track. Becoming friends wasn't much of an option since a driver's life expectancy wasn't very long in those brutal days. Following Billy Foster s death in 1967, Mario Andretti vowed never to become good friends with another driver. And, except for his son, Michael, and Ronnie Peterson, Mario stuck to his guns. Thankfully, times have changed. Champ car and Indy-car drivers are no longer an endangered species. Cars and tracks are much safer. From 1982 to 1996, Championship Auto Racing Teams didn't have a fatality. But racing at 200 mph is not safe, nor will it ever be. And the consequences of an accident can still be lethal. The anguish of mixing friendship with the cruel realities of racing was never more evident than last Sunday. Dario Franchitti, Max Papis, Tony Kanaan and Jimmy Vasser were good friends with Greg Moore. They vacationed together, hung out at the track and still banged wheels. And they were totally .devastated when Moore lost his life at California Speedway. "Before Alex (Zanardi) came along, I hadn't been close to any drivers," said Vasser, speaking from his home in Las Vegas where he'd just taken Papis to the airport after they'd spent a couple days celebrating Moore's memory. "But the last couple of years, we've had this core group of guys who have formed a certain camaraderie and spirit. You know, you can stick a guy in the fence and drink a beer together that night." That group spent last winter barnstorming Europe, running in charity go-kart races with Formula One drivers and partying from Finland to Paris. And it was hard not to become friendly with Moore, the gregarious Canadian. , "I wasn't best friends with Greg, but we were good friends," continued Vasser, who delivered an eloquent eulogy in last Wednes- AT f -J 'J - . m mm.-. 7 a 7" $ . , r Z 4 J v., "a f f Associated Press photos VANCOUVER MEMORIAL: GM Place employee Steve Stenner walks past a makeshift memorial set up by local race fans for driver Greg Moore at the finish line area of the Vancouver Indy. FANS REMEMBER: One of Greg Moore's racing helmets sits in a race car tire full of flowers at a memorial for Moore in British Columbia. day's memorial service for Moore in Vancouver, British Columbia. "He was always smiling and never down, no matter if he was 20th on the grid. "He was a young guy and he already had it figured out. He had a special relationship with his dad and he always made people feel special. And he never acted too important or gave anybody the cold shoulder. "That's why he's so badly missed. That's why it hurts so much." CART mourns Payton CART also mourned the loss of Walter Payton, who became a co-owner of Dale Coyne's team in 1994. Like he did as a football player, Payton kept a low but pleasant profile in the CART paddock, hanging with hospitality folks and mechanics yet always taking time to sign autographs. We used to kid Walter about how he could have been such a graceful football player but such a poorly-coordinated race driver (he tried Trans-Am racing in the early '90s and hit everything but the groove) and he always laughed before applying a vice-like bear hug. But while he didn't really get into the mechanics of CART racing, Payton loved race days, wearing a headset and being involved with the people. It was a mutual admiration society "Sweetness" was thrilled to be around the action and CARTs work force was thrilled such a class act was interested. Notes Understandably lost in the grieving for Moore was Juan Mon-toya's phenomenal season and a fourth consecutive CART championship for TargetGanassi Racing. The 24-year-old Colombian, called "Zorro" by Dave Letterman last week on Late Night, carved up the competition with seven wins, seven poles and led 954 laps. At 37, Michael Andretti is now CARTs patriarch and he took time to salute second-generation buddy Al Unser Jr., who is heading for the Indy Racing League in 2000. "I have always enjoyed racing with Al, so it will be weird to not have him on the same track. I think Al really helped build our series and he will definitely be missed. We always raced hard against each other, but never had to worry about racing close with each other." . . . Sam Schmidt, whose feet were seriously injured in the IRL finale at Texas after Scott Sharp went into the grass and punted him on a restart: "I felt bad for Scott when he came up to see me until he said he put four wheels in the grass intentionally. I wanted to get out of my bed and choke him." Pat Patrick will officially name Roberto Moreno as his other driver on Monday; Bobby Rahal will introduce 1999 Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack as his new Shell pilot on Wednesday. . . . Morris Nunn, Helio Castro-Neves and a Mercedes factory team is all but a done deal. . . . Tony Bettenhausen is still trying to seal a deal with Michel Jourdain and Herdez. . . . Sarah Fisher, who recently broke the track record at Winchester in midgets with a lap of 14.686 seconds (122.566 mph) and was so impressive in her IRL debut last month, may wind up driving for a very well-known Indy team next May. Angle of impact caused Moore's death Changes in wall, pavement at track proposed to prevent repeat of fatal wreck. By Robin Miller STAFF WRITER The on-board telemetry said Greg Moore's fatal accident registered 154 in G-forces, but it was the angle of impact that produced the devastating results. Moore was killed in the early going of last Sunday's Marlboro 500. If his car hadn't tripped onto its side while sliding across the infield grass of the California Speedway, the 24-year-old Canadian might well have survived. But when Moore's car spun down from the turn two banking and got into the grass, it crossed the concrete surface road, dug in and flipped hitting the wall cockpit first and inducing massive head injuries. Dr. Steve Olvey, director of CARTs medical affairs, said it was the inverted angle of impact, not the speed, that proved fatal. A similar crash involving Richie Hearn a few moments before Moore's didn't result in the same .consequences. Hearn's car remained on its wheels when it slid across the surface road before plowing into the wall. In the aftermath of Championship Auto Racing Teams latest tragedy, the circumstances that sent Moore to his death are being examined and changes are likely to be made at the 2-mile oval in Fon-tana, Calif. "I think we'll consider paving the track at least two-thirds of the way down into the infield coming off turn two," said Wally Dallenbach, CARTs director of competition. "When a car jumps out at 220 mph, nothing can help a driver until they make contact. "All the advantages leave when a car enters the grass, and the surface road was six inches lower than the grass. Greg's car tripped because it was like a flat rock skipping across a still pond. It dug in and inverted itself. "We'll also look at putting tires in front of the wall and maybe another independent row of tires 15 feet in front of that one. Basically, try and build a catcher's mitt." Of course, the logical question is: Why weren't there already tire walls in place? CART uses a tire wall in its race at Brazil. "The tires aren't there now be cause we haven't perfected tire walls (to protect against cars) going in at an angle," he replied. "You've got to be careful and design a system that doesn't rip the car apart. "All those turns at Brazil are more than 90-degree turns. That track is almost a triangle and the tires there serve as a catcher's mitt. They greatly reduce the impact. "I've talked with Greg (Penske) and Les (Richter) of California Speedway, and we'll look into doing this at Michigan and maybe other places, too. I can think of a half dozen ovals with the same headache." Dallenbach did credit CARTs wheel-tethering system and added fencing for protecting the infield crowd in Moore's accident. "The tethers were 100 percent successful and I promise you that saved any wheels from going into the motorhome crowd," said Dallenbach, referring to all the motor-homes parked right behind the wall that Moore hit. "We added a catch fence on Thursday and the motorhome people were moaning about impairing their view. But Monday morning they were thanking race management for putting the fencing up." Am ) I) ' 'i ..v -WlJ i Id V-RJ iaw ohsaie ' UUCW "NITRO KIIUENUilirtT- EKCLUSIUE OFFER! A LIMITED NUMBER OF RINGSIDE SEATS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND YOU CAN TAKE HOME YOUR SPECIAL EDITION "NITRO MILLENNIUM" CHAIRI nrm r rrx-j in, fir-m)m , TO CHARGE OR FOR MORE INFO CALL 317-239-5151 TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE MARKET SQUARE ARENA BOX OFFICE & ALL TICKETMASTER LOCATIONS , i CARD IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE SUBJEG TO SERVICE CHARGE 19991 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING, INC. A TIME WARNER COMPANY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Robin Miller is the racing writer for The Indianapolis Star. 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