Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on June 14, 1993 · Page 17
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Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan · Page 17

Detroit, Michigan
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Monday, June 14, 1993
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T H E P A G E , IOC f5l O IN 112), 0 N BACK rW''W 0l. WftWWWB rf. Mil i?wZ?? 129-121, in three overtimes, trim their deficit to 2-1 NFL t "u Lomas Brown could be a free agent; Lions confident - he'll return. Page 2C. ;Monday,June 14, 1993 Blue Jays' bats finally explode; they avoid four-game sweep, 13-4 Goals galore make 4-3 U.S. bss to Germany a thriller for fans, TV JfctroU 4frce Vtc st SECTION C Preps, Page 2 Baseball, Pages 4, 5 Scoreboard, Page 7 Scores: 1-900-370-0990, Sports: 222-6660 ' (Calls to the score line are 75 per minute) Danny Sullivan waves to the fans after winning Detroit Grand Prix XII. It was his 17th Indy-car victory and his first since April 1992. ) I. - L t 'V' - SV- ' v. - ' 7 . v.. Am.u . DETROIT GRAND PRIX XII Sullivan gets a theirs g .b auke et tar Officials slam on the rules in penalty-filled race """"IE "-S.,;. ..... - J ' ' " ," i , ' " r . i ! w-- . f;Hs5 -i ----- - - ii hi' nmi IrA li W " V-i--- . m i'm , w.-A ... - .,- -w . nmm.tMMIiiiti )i mn i, -i r , Detroit Free Press photos by STEVEN R. NICKERSON, top; JULIAN H. GONZALEZ, above Winner Danny Sullivan, left, and second-place finisher Raul Boesel celebrate amid the obligatory blizzard of champagne spray on the victory stand after Detroit Grand Prix XII Sunday on Belle Isle. Gordon challenge thwarted by Ben Hur squeeze play TOP FINISHERS fter everyone else was finished taking a run at Danny Sullivan on Sunday afternoon after all the penalties had been paid, all the infractions penalized, and all the stop-and-goes stopped and gone only one man had a chance to keep Sullivan from victory circle. The black car with the number 14 on the side, occupied by the unfamiliar personage of Robby Gordon. That is A J. Foyt's car. AJ. Foyt's number. But now A J. Foyt is an owner, and Gordon is his driver. With four laps- Set' VINCENT, Page 6C Charlie Vincent remaining in the Detroit Grand Prix, the final caution of the day expired and Gordon, driving as Foyt would, stuck the nose of his car right under the rear wings of Sullivan's. Then he pulled alongside Sullivan, who did what drivers have been doing since the days of Ben Hur: He squeezed Gordon up the track, cut off his path, made him choose being hit, hitting the wall, or getting off the throttle. He did a little of each. The cars brushed, then Gordon sideswiped the wall, and by the time he got back on the gas, Sullivan was only a dot in the distance. But the good news was, the rest of the field was only a dot in Gordon's rearview mirror. Still, Gordon could finish second. He could bring home a big finish for Foyt and for Ford. Just as that thought flashed through Gordon's mind, he ran over debris on the track. His left rear tire shredded POS. DRIVER 1. Danny Sullivan 2. Raul Boesel 3. Mario Andretti 4. Andrea Montermini 5. Bobby Rahal & Al Unser Jr. 7. Adrian Fernandez a Robby Gordon 9. Paul Tracy 10. Scott Goodyea- Inside After the race, who did the talking (IndyCar chief steward Wally Dallenbach) and who didn't (series leader Nigel Mansell). Steve Robertson of England passed pole-sitter Bryan Herta on Turn 1 and set a course record en route to victory in the Indy Lights support race. Details, Page 6C. Vindication amid the controversy By Steve Crowe Free Press Sports Writer mid fine whines and sour grapes Sunday afternoon following penalty-packed Detroit Grand Prix XII, Danny Sullivan realized he had missed some moments. "I didn't really know all this controversy was going on," said Sullivan, 43, whose 17th career Indy-car victory came by 12.206 seconds over second-place Raul Boesel. "This is pretty neat stuff. "I'm gonna have to read about all this tomorrow." Let's start with the start, Danny boy: When the green flag fell on Belle Isle's second Indy-car race, the first to pass below it was Emerson Fittipaldi. This would have been fine, except that Fittipaldi's Penske-Chevrolet C was ''if .. - '.; " l:t - ";- ..... STEVEN R. NICKERSONDetroit Free Press Robby Gordon in car No. 14 spins to a stop after his left rear tire shredded while he was running second. Gordon finished eighth. supposed to start second, behind the Lola-Ford Cosworth of pole winner and series leader Nigel Mansell. Despite the clenched fist that Man-sell thrust skyward as Fittipaldi took a l'i-length lead at the line, the restart many expected was not mandated by IndyCar Series officials. Instead, Fittipaldi was slapped with a stop-and-go penalty, which he served at the end of Lap 14, dropping him to sixth. Although Fittipaldi's 23rd-place day ended when his car's rear swung into a tire barrier on Lap 38, team owner Roger Penske filed an official protest that was not upheld. Running second on Lap 44 of 77, No. 2 Team Penske driver Paul Tracy drew a stop-and-go penalty for exceeding the 80-m.p.h. speed limit on pit road. Tracy clocked at 93 m.p.h. finished ninth, one lap behind Sullivan and with a blown tire. But the day's most important penalty aborted a one-team dash to the finish see Grand Prix, Page 6C

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