The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on June 6, 1969 · Page 13
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Friday, Juni 6, 1969 II MARIO ANDRETTI AND CAR JUST SECONDS BEFORE HE HITS WALL, THEN SECONDS AFTER, AND MINUTES LATER THE REMAINS ARE TAKEN AWAY Sun Camera Captures Action *** AtIndy 500 *** FOR SALE DISTINCTIVE HQME Overlooking GbV~C«ane For More Information CALL 424-7950 MARIO ANDRETTt CHECKS FRONT SU SUSPENSION WHILE A. J. FOVT (UPPER LEFT) CHATS WITH MECHANIC. Photos by Jim Kyle By JIM KYLE Mario Andretti took the checkered flag at the Indy 500, was kissed by car owner Andy Granatelli in Victory Lane, picked up a check for $205,000 and became "Mr. Big" in auto racing. The Memorial Day classic becomes more of an "If" race with each year's running. "If" A. J. Foyt hadn't lost 22 minutes on one pit stop (mechanical trouble) he would have been a cinch winner. He was leading by two laps at the time and still managed to finish eighth. "If" Lloyd Ruby had waited until his gas hose had been disconnected from his car on a pit stop, he probably would have taken the checkered flag. Ruby was leading by a lap and a half but had to make a pit stop for fuel. He pulled out of the pit before his crew had disconnected the fuel hose and it jerked the side of his car out, putting him out of the race. The biggest "If" of all was made by a driver who wasn't even in the race. The United States Auto Club, which governs the race, states in' the rules that the fastest car for a 10-mile run (four laps) on the first day of qualifications shall be the "pole car" (first car in line) in the 500 mile race. All drivers draw a number out of the hat to learn when their turn comes up to try thei qualifying run. The guy who drew No. 1 thlsi year was a rookie named Jigger. Sirois. Jigger was ready and waiting when time came for the first day's qualifications. He ran one lap at 160 mph one at 161 mph and one more at 161 mph, but when he started on his fourth lap'" his crew waved him off to come in and try later for a faster speed. "If" the crew had let Jigger gone ahead and try .the fourth Up he would have been sitting on the pole position, picked up around' $20,000 and been the only race driver in history to have been on . the pole in the Indy 500 with the slowest qualifying speed of the 33 ;car field. When Jigger came in after that third lap try the clouds opened up and rain started pouring. It rained all day which closed the track for any more qualifying attemts. He tried later to get in the starting field but couldn't get enough speed out of the car to make the line-up. Racing buffs will be hashing over for years to come about' what would have happened in the race "If" Jigger Sirois had run that fourth Lap. The FUN Beer... Brewed RIGHT... Here In Texas BREWERY, Inc. SHINER, TEXAS • AY TICK DI«T. «*»•••* to DAN GURNEY CONTEMPLATES RACE STRATEGY CAZZIE RUSSELL. KIRK DOUGLAS AND O. i. SIMPSON RACEDAY PHOTO REPRINTS OF PHOTOS IN TODAY'S BAYTOWN SUN NOW AVAILABLE SUN PHOTO REPRINTS ISOl MEMORIAL. ML I Baytown Sun $ (SPORTS! MEET TOMMIE JONES Tomml* Jonta and Mi %lf« and thair children, llvi at 1*06 Clayton Or. In Baytown, TIKM, M« I* a graduata of RMxn E. La* High (ctiocl In Baytown. Prai- Itent ot Noon Optlmlat Club, ha Mrvcd on th« Board al Dtractofa of tha Baytown Crlppl* OWIdr«n« Council, work** with tha Boy •couta and Cxeforw acouu. Mr. Jttn* IwlfMd organli* UM OvIlmlM -M Football L«»o.u«, c«ach«d a PM-WM (ttottull Mam and alco a l_lttl« LMBUC baxball u»m. H« hai werfccd In Oo«d(«H»w. Cnarlty Bowl. Mr. Jooci «<• Jiyc»w "Young Man of th. Voar" In 1HJ, and xrvcd »» e*va(rman or th« Northahor* aivd Clevw1.a» Unlltd Fund. H« l> a rr,emb«r of the Harrl« County Youth Seno<arWi4p Faundatlax and th« Board of Olnctori of Box* Hartaw. Th« Jonw Family »r« m«m- h«r« of iha Grac« MrtbodUt Church fn Baytown, Tommla Jon«« Invllei all of Ma frl«nd« and form«r euM«ftw< t« c«m» by tha calet lot and price a nnw Chtvrotot car or truck. R*fn*mb«r wir C«rtlfl<d airvlc* wtMr* ttx cuatemw muat b. «atl«fl»d. TRADEWINDS CHEVROLET The Free Boy & Girl Want Ads Are Here! Get in On it Gang!! Fill Out the Coupon Today Ads Will Appear thru June 15th. FoNow The Simple Rule* Listed Below NO PHONE CALLS ACCEPTED (No Garage Sales' New cat showroom ,,l US NORTH MAIN SI PHONI «?? B?Q6 THE POWER PLANT THAT WON AT INDY .Boy* and lirU In the Baytown area 18 or under, may place Want Adi In The Baytown Sun June 1-Jurae IS, IN. Pkeaae, no help from the pBrenU^FBEE OF CHARGE; only one ad per penon. > Ada will be accepted with paenta' or guardian*' ap- rov*L offering to cell *\v>p or five awxy Uiinc* boy* and rlrla u*e—aporta equipment, bicycles, peta, book*, wearin|r apparel, routical Inctnunent*. electric train* or other article* or offering to perform service* of varlou* kind*—mowing lawn*, baby ait- tinir; running errand*, etc. Boys' and Girls' Free Want Ad Order Blank Each ad may contain up to 15 word* Inchxilag or ftrlM' name ami a«« and price of article (not to exceed |M.W) which murt appear In ad. Ad* win appear In The Baytown San June 1-June IS under a *peelal heading in th« ClaauiRed' Section. Ad» must be in the Oaadfled, office bjr 5 p.m. the day before publication. BRING OR MAIL TO: loyt' arx 1 Sir)* 1 Wwtt Adi, Th. foytown Svn P. O. Soi tO 1301 M»mof'«l Dr. n, T*ia>t Following it BIT Wont Ad which ! understood you will publish 1 free of charge fix cootecutiTe dor* IB The Bay town Sun between June 1 •• Jun* 15. •AMI Cttf P.O. Box W ioytown. T IMI MfMOUAL OIL

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