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!.D3 Sunday, May 14,1995 The .Salina Journal INDIANAPOLIS 5OO Gordon makes return visit to Indy Speedway By The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — NASCAR Winston Cup driver Jeff Gordon visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday for the first time since he won the inaugural Brickyard 400 last August. "It's a neat experience to .come back, and I think it's really'neat because it's qualifying day with all these people here," Gordon said. "I thought the next time I came back it would probably be with no people here .and I'd be testing, or something like that. I didn't think it'd be a neat experience like this." Gordon, who grew up about 15 minutes from the Speedway in nearby Pittsboro, Ind., began his racing career driving U.S. Auto Indy 500 notebook one of the hottest on the NASCAR cir- By The Associated Press ^Aario Andretti (left) and son Michael (center) talk with retired NFL great Walter Payton Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Payton is part owner in an IndyCar and was chatting with drivers during a rain delay during Saturday's time trials. I prfvers divided on new racing league I New series set to run at least four races in 1996 By MIKE HARRIS The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — The Ilndianapolis 500 is a sellout, as always. There are nearly 70 cars vy- ^g for 33 starting positions in the race. The American racing classic is part of a thriving $jben-wheel series that includes long ovals, short ovals, road courses and temporary street cir- cpits. ,'.So what's wrong with this picture? 11 'Tony George, the president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, says speeds and costs are too high, there is a need for more traditional ov.al races and there are not enough opportunities for American drivers. , His answer: The Indy Racing League, a new open-wheel oval series that will have the Indy 50,0 as its hub, and likely will be a direct competitor of the current PPG IndyCar World Series. The new series is scheduled to run at least four races and as many as six in 1996, starting with a race Jan. 27 at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The schedule includes the 1996 Indy 500 and races at Phoenix and Las Vegas. ,Established teams in the IndyCar series have stood virtually shoulder-to-shoulder in their opposition to the IRL. Top team owners including Carl Haas, Bobby Rahal and partner Carl Hpgan and Roger Penske all have said that, otjier than the Indy 500, they don't expect to participate in the IRL. /'There's always room for growth, but we don't need a new series," Rahal said. "All we "There's always room for growth, but we don't need a new series. All we need is to keep working to improve what we've got, which is already a real good racing series." — IndyCar driver Bobby Rahal need is to keep working to improve what we've got, which is already a real good racing series." George, who insists the IRL is intended to help move the open-wheel sport forward rather; than the high-profile ego trip perceived by some, said hopes the new series would just fade away for lack of interest is wishful thinking by the doubters. "I'm surprised there's any doubt left," he said. "I guess they're waiting for our first race to be convinced." .So far, the only established team owners who have committed publicly to the IRL are A.J. Foyt, George's godfather, and John Menard and Ron Hemelgarn, both of whom currently run only the Indy 500. Jack Long, executive director of the IRL, has said he can already guarantee at least 20 cars for the series-opener, but other than Foyt driver Eddie Cheever, former Indy winner Arie Luyendyk and Menard teammate Scott Brayton, the names are likely to be pretty unfamiliar unless the IndyCar team owners change their attitude. IRL officials remain hopeful. "We'll get the information on the table and then we'll ask them if they'd like to run," Long said. "Once they know more, they'll be able to make prudent business decisions.". In an effort to avert total war, the IRL has announced it will put off proposed new chassis and engine rules for at least a year and begin its first season with the current rules in place. George and Long also have insisted all along they will not schedule events on the same days as IndyCar races, so that everybody has the opportunity to take part in both series if there is no unifying agreement. Some big-name drivers are very concerned about the situation. "I really hope the IRL and CART get together and become one entity and work out their problems. ... I just hope they together and work things out so there's not a competitive situation going on," said Al Unser Jr., defending Indy 500 champion and season winner. "I don't think that would be good for IndyCar racing in general. "I don't agree with all of (George's reasons for starting the IRL), no. I really feel the Indy 500 is a world event and the IndyCar series and the season championship should be widely recognized as such, as the 500 is. As for the influx of foreign drivers, I think it's good for the sport." Club midget and sprint cars. He headed south a couple years ago and becarne young stars cuit. He said he has no ambition to try his hand behind the wheel of an In- dyCar. "I've been working really hard trying to focus on one thing and it's been paying off for me, and I don't see why I need to mess up a good thing," he said. "At one time, I certainly would have gotten in one without even thinking twice about it. But right now, it's more of an afterthought, or if I get bored or something. But I don't see that happening for a long, long time." The speeds at Indy are one reason, he said. "It's just beyond my belief. ... To me, it's just so awesome just to see it happen, let alone be sitting in the seat. But I think there's probably a lot of people out there that can't comprehend drafting at Talladega at 196 or 197 miles an hour." • ON THE MEND: A second car is being prepared for rookie driver Davey Hamilton, who demolished his Reynard-Ford in a crash during practice on Wednesday. Hamilton was hospitalized for two days and underwent surgery for a broken right ankle.' "I don't know exactly what they're going to have me go through, but I'm sure they'll have me do another physical to make sure everything's all right," he said Saturday. "Every day, it gets better and better. The first day it was extremely sore, as you can imagine. Right now, the ankle's all I'm really worried about, but I think it's coming along good." BRIEFLY Central netters win Manhattan Invitational MANHATTAN — Salina Central's Jacob Krehbiel defeated Blue Valley Northwest's Orriar Ahmed 6-2, 6-4 in the championship match at No. 1 singles as the Mustangs won the Manhattan Invitational on Saturday. Krehbiel finished 3-0 in the tournament for the Mustangs. Central's No. 1 doubles team of Jay Sexton and John Huseman al so had a strong showing, winning, all three of their matches. "They are playing better," Central coach Bob Warkentine said. > "They only lost three matches today." Salina Central finished with 48 points in the event, followed by Blue Valley Northwest at 34. Salina South finished eighth with 10 '. points. Salina Central and Salina South will be in action Monday in the 5A regional in McPherson. ;* 1Y< Salina divers compete . at State Championships MANHATTAN — Salina Cen- ; tral's Rebecca Miller and Salina- South's Lisa Tripp competed in ~ the diving competition of the State Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the KSU Natatorium. Tripp made the second cut and finished in 22nd place with a score of 141.20. Miller made the first cut and placed 36th with a score of 74.71. • From Staff .Reports MAURE WHEEL Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron GEISENDORF RUSH SMITH FUNERAL HOME Since 1906 Roger Brent President 823-3456 401 W. Iron Salina The SPORTS SECTION is very nice with YOUR morning cup of coffee. ^ FROM PAGE D1 Rain slows qualifying; trials resume today Both qualifying efforts were well short of the unofficial record laps that they had run late in the week, with Brayton posting a 234.656 on Thursday and Luyendyk upping that to 234.913 on Friday. The slowdown on Saturday also preserved the one- and four-lap qualifying records of 232.618 and 232.482 set in 1992 by Roberto Gherrero. VThe air is so thick today, if you lop any momentum anywhere, yoju were going to fall off," Brayton said. "Arie put a heck of a lap out there for me to chase." JGuerrero's record appeared to be! in jeopardy after 14 drivers ran laps above 230 during the week of practice. "No, there can't possibly be any disappointment in what we did today," Brayton said when asked if he was sorry not to have gotten the record as well. The closest any of the first-day drivers could come to the two Menard V-6-powered Lolas was Michael Andretti, who was the final qualifier. His Lola-Ford completed a run averaging 229.294 as time ran out. Nearly half the 69 entries who drew positions in the qualifying line remained eligible to try for the pole when time trials resume today for the May 28 race. Among the drivers still in line were Teo Fabi, rookie Andre Ribeiro, Raul Boesel, 1986 winner Bobby Rahal, Robby Gordon, Jimmy Yasser, Jacques Villeneuve and Scott Goodyear, all of whom have posted laps over 230. Others in line include defending champion Al Unser Jr., last year's pole-winner at 228.011, and his Penske teammate Emerson Fittipaldi, neither of whom have practiced above 227.261. "Anything can happen here," Brayton said uneasily. "It's the most unpredictable game you've ever tried to play. I will tell you I have a backup car in spot 65 (in the qualifying line). If it gets that good, I might be back out in it." Luyendyk was disappointed by his performance. "Today was one of those days where things just didn't work out for me. From the second lap on I was flat out ... but I didn't get the full (turbocharger) boost I wanted out of it," he said. The Trimmer Rated The Best Buy In America Is Now The Best Deal In Town * *139 95 400 feet of extra STIHL Trimmer Line FREE! (w/ purchase of ,' FS-36 Gas Trimmer). Offer good for a limited time O participating dealers. The STIHL FS-36 Gas Trimmer •Rated Best Buy by a consumer magazine in 1994. , Easy starting, dependable and lightweight. B & B HARDWARE, INC. Hillsboro-316-947-5960 BARRAGREE RENTAL, INC. Salina -913-827-5011 COOPERATIVE GRAIN Marion • 316-382-333 DUGGAN BROTHERS REPAIR Miles-913-488-3762 G & R IMPLEMENT CO. 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Consumers are more knowledgable, merchants are shrewder, and as a mom-and-pop store, we're competing against people we didn't have to compete against 5 or 10 years ago. It's a constant education process through advertising." Dale concentrates on consistency. "Not everybody's looking at it all the time ... you have to have a consistent plan, and at the end of the year it'll all work out." The success of different ads may vary, but in the long term... "It's helped us grow from 4,500 to 40,000 sq. ft. in 40 years. Our plan is not to stay the same - we have to figure out how to move ahead." The Journal has been a proud part of the grovyth of this local business. "We're here to move [merchandise], to sell it, and that's what advertising does for us." If you're looking for advertising that'll move mountains (of merchandise!), contact your Salina Journal Marketing Representative. Call 823-6363, today! Salina Journal

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