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6C DETROIT FREE PRESSMONDAY, JUNE 14, 1993 Mansell : By Steve Crowe Free Press Sports Writer - Following Sunday's Detroit Grand ;Prix, IndyCar Series chief steward " Wally Dallenbach had plenty of explain-ing to do. . So did series leader, reigning For-. mula One champion and Sunday's pole-sitter, Nigel Mansell. - - Dallenbach met the press. But for perhaps the first time as an Indy-car driver, Mansell displayed the tempera-. ment that lost him many Formula One friends. He left with his 15th-place finish and without comment. , . Then Dallenbach responded to Sunday's controversial stop-and-go penalties and what he called "blatant" blocking, an obvious reference to Mansell. " Rookie wins Indy Lights race ' By Mark w. Wright Free Press Sports Writer Englishman Steve Robertson , passed pole-sitter Bryan Herta on the first turn Sunday and went on to win his second Buick Challenge Indy Lights ' race. The 27-year-old rookie, who won - his first Indy Lights race in April at Long Beach, Calif., scorched the 2.1- mile,114-turn road circuit at a record pace of 84.996 m.p.h. Robertson finished 1.852 seconds ahead of Herta, his teammate for Tas-man Motorsports Group. Herta, of Southfield, had shattered course qualifying records with an average speed of 95.172 m.p.h. Robertson started alongside after a qualifying run of 95.025 m.p.h. In addition to the victory, Robert-' son was highest-finishing rookie. "Winning any race is a great feeling,"- Robertson said. "I'm catching ; Bryan in the points chase, and it gives . me confidence going into our next race . ; in Portland." . ; ,' Herta leads the Firestone Indy -Lights Championship standings with . 68 points. Robertson is second with 47 .points after this victory. - Robertson and Herta sprinted tail- ; .to-nose away from the rest of the 21- car field. Robbie Groff of Los Angeles . and Franck Freon of France, who were ; third and fourth, respectively, finished .' ;4but 45 seconds behind. . , Before the race, many drivers complained that the track was too . narrow, making passing almost impossible. But Robertson said he already . knew where to pass. . ; "I watched a video of the Indy-car race last year, and I saw how Paul Tracy was able to pass in Turn 1," Robertson said. "I said before the race that the winner was going to be either ' Bryan or me." Groff didn't agree. "There's not enough room," he said. Hubert Haupt of Munich, Germany was not disappointed with his seventh- place finish. "This is only my third Indy Lights race," Haupt said. "I'm very happy to finish seventh. All the testing we've done in the past few weeks has finally paid off for us here in Detroit." ( ; Robertson received $20,000 for the victory, plus an additional $1,000 for highest-finishing rookie. Indy Lights . Order of finish showing drivers, hometowns or countries, . tapscompteted, prize money and winner's average speed in mph around the 14-turn, 2.1 -mile temporary road circuit: . 1, Steve Robertson, England, 33, $21,500; 2. Bryan Herta, . Souttifleld, 33, $11,000; 3. Robbie Groff, Los Angeles, 33, $5,000; 4. Franck Freon, France, 33, $4,500; 5. James Weaver, England, 33, $4,000; 6. Harald Huvsman, Norway, . 33, $3, 150, 7. Hubert Haupt Germany, 33, $2,400; 8. Greg . Moore, Canada, 33, $2,200; 9. Bob Dorricoll Jr., Sunnyvale, , Calif.,32,$2,100;10.BuzzCalkins,Denver,31,$2,000;llJeff Ward, San Juan Capislrano, Calif., 30, accident, $1,900; 12. Scoti Schubot, West Palm Beach, Fla., 29, accident, $1,800; 13. Nick Firestone, Scottsdaie, Ariz., 28, electrical; 14. Bob Reid, Commerce, 26, accident; 15. Robert Amren, Sweden, . 25; 16. Fredrik Ekblom, Sweden, 21, electrical; 17. Pedro Chaves, Portugal, 21, contact; 18. Fausto Galdi, Brazil, 16, accident; 19. Sandy Brodv, Boca Raton, Fla., 3, accident; 20. i . JackMiller,lndianapolis,2,mechanical;21.MikePalumbo, Los Angeles, 1, gearbox. Saab Pro-Series Results with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown or country, make of car, laps completed and winner's average speed in mph (all cars are Barber Saabs); 1. (2) Kenny Brack, Sweden, 12 laps, 52.611 m.p.h; 2. (3) - Brandon Sperling, Yorba Linda, Calif., 12; 3. (4) Alex . Padilla, Sacramento, Calif., 12; 4. (8) Riccardo Dona, Italy, 12, 5. (20) Luis Zervigon, New Orleans, 12; 6. (6) Martvn - Koene, Netherlands, 12; 7. (22) Kyle Chora, Waled Lake, Mich., a 8. (16) Tom Semik, Royal Oak, Mich., 12; 9. ( 19) . Divina Galica, England, 12; 10. (23) Jeff Jones, Honeoye Falls, N Y , 12; 1 1. (24) David Austin, Ml. Pleasant, Mich., , 12; 12. (9) Bill Adams, Richmond, Va 11, mechanical; 13. ( 13) Peter MacLeod, Kirkland, Wash., 11, accident; 14. (1) Diego Guzman, Colombia, 9, accident; 15. (18) Wes Short, Indian Shores, Fla., 5, mechanical; 16. (21) Aaron Bambach, Waterford, Midi, 5, accident; 17. (25) Jeff Morton, West BWomfieM, Mich., 5, accident; 18. (7) Andy Boss, Narragansett, R.I., 0, accident; 19. (11) Jon Field, . Dublin, Ohio, 0, accident; 20. (10) Brad Funk, Hummel-slown, Pa., 0, accident; 21. (15) Claudio Hall Van Beuren, , Mexico, 0, accident; 22. (5) Jerry Nadeau, Danbury, Conn., 0, accident; 23. ( 14) Zak Brown, North Hollywood, Calif., 0, accident; 24. (12) Barry Waddell, Evansville, lnd 0, . accident; 25. (17) Glen MuMns, Detroit, 0, accident MM wm finishes "There's a lot of blocking going on very blatant," Dallenbach said. "I don't know if this was brought in from Formula One, but we're going to address it." Dallenbach said the blocking outbreak "started small in Australia" in March "and it's been building. ... It was as bad as I've seen it today." Although others also practice the borderline-legal act of taking an unnatural line into corners to prevent a car from passing, Mansell seemed the principal culprit. Dallenbach strongly defended CART's response to three key Sunday , ' ' " ' , W. Jr T ,, i mf - . ' -- "' - - 1-..,; rrt.m ,.,mhiii ..a. . i , .. .. ' w MwMaMMMf,a-MMtj'- M--M " " i i . . . WILLIAM ARCHIEDetrolt Free Press Danny Sullivan raises his fist in victory after edging Raul Boesel by 12.206 seconds to win the 12th Detroit Grand Prix. ; HOW THEY- FIN ST DRIVER COUNTRY CAR LAPS REASON OUT 1992 FINISH . 1. 10. Danny Sullivan United States Lola-Chevrolet C 77 5th 2. 11. Rau) Boesel Brazil Lola-Ford Cosworth 77 2nd y 3. 9. Mario Andretti United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 77 - Didn't run 4. 6. Andrea IVIontermlnl Italy Lola-Chevy A 77 Didn't run 5. 5. Bobby Rahal United States Lola-Chevy C Br:y:?fr 6. 7. Al Unser Jr. United States Lola-Chevy C ? 77 ' . 9th a 7. ' 21. Adrian Fernandez Mexico Lola-Chevy C 77 Didn't run a 8. Robby Gordon United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 77 17th 9. 3. Paul Tracy Canada Penske-Chevy C 76 ' 16th 10. 72. Scott Goodyear Canada ' Lola-Ford Cosworth 76 t y Zfy -4 11. 24. Mike Groff United States Rahal-Hogan Ghevy C 75 Crash 25th 12. 25. . Willie T. Rlfabs United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 75 . Didn't run 13. 27. Hiro Matsushita Japan Lola-Ford Cosworth 74 Didn't run 14. 17. Scott Brayton United States Lola-Ford Cosworth 74 12th 15. 1. Nigel Mansell Great Britain . Lola-Ford Cosworth 68 Crash Didn't run 16. 14. Jimmy Vasser United States Lola-Chevy A 65 Crash Didn't run .17. . 13. ArieLuyendyk Netherlands Lola-Ford Cosworth 58 Electrical Didn't run 18. 26, Buddy Lazier United States Lola-Buick 55 Crash 24th 19. 28. Marco Greco Brazil Lola-Chevy A ' 50 Didn't run 20. 4. Stefan Johansson Sweden Penske-Chevy C 44 Crash 3rd 21. 20, Eddie Cheever United States Penske-Chevy B 44 Crash 11th ' 22. 16. Teo Fabi Italy Lola-Chevy C 43 Crash 6th 23. 2, Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil Penske-Chevy C 37 Crash 8th 24. 15. Oliver Grouillard France ' Lola-Chevy A 24 Crash Didn't run ' 25. 19. Scott Pruett United States Lola-Chevy A 18 Crash 19th 26. 18. Roberto Guerrero United States Lola-Chevy C 18 Suspension Didn't run 27. la Mark Smith United States Penske-Chevy B 17 Suspension Didn't run 28. 23. Robbie Buhl United States Lola-Chevy A 17 Crash Didn't run Gordon is thwarted by the old Ben Hnr squeeze play VINCENT, from Page 1C and came off the wheel. His car spun to a stop, allowing six other drivers to speed to the finish line before he could coax No. 14 home. A half hour later, two men on scooteis were consoling each other in the paddock area at Belle Isle. "I don't know if he coulda caught Sullivan," Foyt said to Michael Kranefuss, Ford's director of racing worldwide, "but he wouldn't have won like he won if we hadn't cut that tire. He run it the way we wanted to. I told him to go for it." Someone came around and said Gordon had said he actually had his nose ahead of Sullivan at one point. "That so?" Foyt said. "That makes it worse, doesn't it, Michael?" "It doesn't make it any better," Kranefuss said. "If we could have won, it would have been a day I would have remembered forever." This is a race Kranefuss and Ford want to win badly. A year ago, Michael Andretti, one of Ford's drivers, called the Belle Isle course "Mickey Mouse." Then he won the pole, but the race went to Bobby Rahal in a Chevrolet. Sullivan was 15th, leaves press in the dust penalties: To Emerson Fittipaldi for getting a l'2-car length lead on Mansell as the green flag fell: Fittipaldi's jump was clearly not within the half-length "fudge factor" the series allows, Dallenbach said. - In Sunday's pre-race drivers meeting, "it was stated that the pole man deserves to lead at the start line; that's all we ask. And if the (28-car) field overall is in pretty good shape, it's far safer to start the race" and deal with discipline later. Whether Mansell "sandbagged a little bit" to make Fittipaldi appear to far exceed the fudge factor, "I can't say," Dallenbach said. To Paul Tracy for doing 93 m.p.h. on pit road in violation of the 80-m.p.h. driving a Chevy, too. And at the Ford Motorsports compound, where Gordon eventually caught up with Kranefuss and Foyt, there was disappointment, but not despair. Gordon, still in his racing uniform, embraced Kranefuss. "We lost, huh?" Gordon said. "He was sick as a dog this morning," Foyt said of Gordon. "He told me he was so stopped up he could hardly breathe. I told him I won races sicker than that." Foyt rarely acknowledged illness or weaknesses in his racing days. He hired a driver who is a lot like him. "The game is to run hard," said Gordon, who was unhappy with the way Sullivan closed the door on him. "Danny did a little rough driving. . . . When I got up alongside him, he ran me into the wall. That's part of the game, but what comes around goes around." Sullivan has had some fun at the expense of the rookie this season. When the drivers arrived at Milwaukee for last weekend's race, Sullivan " 1 1 ; ' " " 1 T"T"'"- I patricFa'kennedy :- XXX PORN STAR 200 JUNE 14 THRU JUNE 19 SHOWTIMES I 1:00 6:00 9:00 MIDNIGHT 38 CHATHAM ST. E. H- . ...v . J DOWNTOWN WINDSOR ONTARIO limit: Dallenbach said the Detroit pit-lane limit was emphasized in Sunday's meeting, and the drivers are even given a 5 m.p.h. leeway. Five large monitors along pit lane inform drivers of their speed. "I might add, I don't think there was one violation Friday or Saturday , on (pit) speed," Dallenbach said. "It's there for everyone to see." To Al Unser Jr. for running over three cones between Turns 7 and 8 where a concrete wall was eliminated this year to improve sight lines . while dueling for the lead on Lap 69 with teammate and eventual winner Danny Sullivan: "I have no responsibility there," Dallenbach said of whether his ruling should be influenced by the fact that confided to Gordon: "Nobody else will tell you this, but there's more room in the first turn than they say. . . . You can race into that corner." Gordon's eyes glowed at the tip that he could run where others thought, they could not. Foyt heard what Sullivan had done and cornered him with a request. "I've got my hands full keeping him under control," Foyt told Sullivan,-"without you revving him up even more." Sunday with all the other contenders out of the picture Gordon needed no revving. "I knew I could go by him, and I FOR Men, you don't have to be second I clan ciliieni when it comes to your . kids, home or property. ADAM is here to protect your rights. You'll get strong effective advice and support from ADAM We re a group of highly qualified divorce lawyers and counselors who will answer by telephone any ol your questions on divorce at no charge. Call: ill ONLY 356-ADAM AMERICAN DIVORCE ASSOCIATION FOR MEN IEI1 Unser was racing for the lead. "I can only react to what took place. "I can't say that if the wall was there, Al wouldn't have made the attempt. I can only say that we agreed on accepting this bulletin without any gripes. I think we gave the drivers every opportunity to have it their way. "I feel bad about that, but I can't change what we accepted as a group." The infraction was reported via radio by third-place finisher Mario Andretti, Dallenbach said. RADIO-INACTIVE: If you were among many Belle Isle visitors who spent much of the race trying to find that island-only live radio broadcast, call WJR-AM at 875-4440 and ask for Phil. Program director Phil Boyce told really wanted to win this one for Ford," he said, "these guys who helped me climb up through my career. . . . When I spun, I was disgusted." The disgust didn't last long. At the Ford compound there was acceptance that what was, was. And when Foyt slapped Gordon on the back, slid onto his scooter and rode into the sunset, there was the feeling that all race days are not going to end like this one did for Robby Gordon. "We're getting real close," Gordon said. "Pretty soon we'll be in front." LIVE JUNE 14 thru BOBBIE BAL00NS Cn ill COVER GIRL. GENT OUGGS "3 HUSTLER BUSTIES I IP NO COVER PLUS LOW PRICES TILL 4 P.M. Wll MELISSA MOUNDS 64 mmm BOOK YOUR BACHELOR PARTV! Ll,.i;ii;.M..,iM4,l:fM''lCTBl!!J.HW the Free Press last week that because of Sunday's Tigers-Toronto Blue Jays conflict with the race carried on tape-delay following the game a 10-watt transmitter would allow spectators to hear the race live on AM-530. When AM-530 offered nothing but dead air, Grand Prix media director Keith Kaminski was told by an on-site WJR engineer that the island-only broadcast was news to him. Attempts to reach Boyce even via WJR's sports department were unsuccessful. SPARE PARTS: Sunday's announced attendance was 52,700, up from last year's 50,000. The three-day total was 153,900, up from last year's 145,000. Sullivan wins Prix Grand Prix, from Page 1C by Galles Racing's Sullivan and Al Unser Jr. On Lap 69, when second-place Unser attempted an inside pass of leader Sullivan, the former's Lola-Chevy C knocked over three cones. Because the cones were put there this year to replace a concrete wall that hindered drivers' sight lines last year, they were considered not part of the course. Thus, Unser received a stop-and-go penalty he served immediately following a Lap-75 restart, dropping to eighth place and a sixth-place finish. So while Sullivan reveled in his first victory since April 1992 ago at Long Beach, Calif., there was a whole lot of groaning going on. "I was running next to Danny down the straightaway, and Danny moved me over to block," Unser said. "I was already alongside him, and he put me into the cones. "I know the rule is that if you run over the cones you're penalized. But I don't know what happens when someone puts you into the cones." You appeal to series chief steward Wally Dallenbach, as owner Rick Galles interrupted his victory celebration to do. So heated was Galles' inquiry that he had to be restrained by Penske. "Well, I wasn't in an argument with Roger, believe me," Galles said. "I'm sorry that was on TV, but that's something I'm going to take up with ... the officials." Sullivan, who led laps 48-77, joked: "What happened on Lap 69 when I drove Al into the cones? ... No, what happened, with about 28 or 30 laps to go I lost some (engine) boost. And I was quicker than Al everyplace but, obviously, the two straightaways. "That time, I think I'd passed a Gapped car) going up into that hairpin out onto the straightaway. Al had a run at me and I wasn't about to relinquish the lead just yet. I took the inside line and he tried to go more to the inside. "I didn't see any action with cones, and somebody else said we touched. But if we did, it was so light I never felt it." What Sullivan seemed to feel afterward was vindication. "Well, I hope so," said the 1988 series champion and 1985 Indy 500 winner, who had not finished better than eighth this year, at Long Beach in April. Sunday's victory vaults Sullivan into a ninth-place tie in series points with Tracy. "The important thing is that we can maybe come back in two weeks out in Portland and be one of the threats again," he said. "It's nice; a little bit of vindication, yeah." JUNE 19 if a ;-W IH5WJ mmm mm m Fi-JltiWilllHUJiliHIiliimililllriMSIiBraS

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