Mid-Ohio Sunday AM warm up notes

Sunday, August 10, 1997 A 15 warm-up session is scheduled today between 11:55 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.. The 25-lap Atlantic race is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m.. CHUCK WEST’S World Speed Motorsports crew spent most of Saturday ...

Sunday, August 10, 1997

A 15 warm-up session is scheduled today between 11:55 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.. The 25-lap Atlantic race is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m.. CHUCK WEST’S World Speed Motorsports crew spent most of Saturday night changing an engine, examining the gearbox, and repairing cracked headers. "We really wanted to save the engine this morning for Elkhart Lake," West said. "But we couldn’t take a chance. This is about the umpteenth night the group has had to work late, so I hope to be able to pay them back with a strong finish." (Pam Morey)

The lower engine mount for #66 ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI’S Player’s Forsythe Racing Ralt RT-40 was repaired overnight in Columbus by Ian Algie, a former team member for Colin Trueman’s Atlantic team. According to Player’s spokesperson Marc Cartier, Columbus was the only reasonably accessible city where repairs could be quickly initiated. The repaired tub arrived back at Mid-Ohio this morning at 5:30 a.m. It was, needless to suggest, an "all-nighter" for the Player’s Forsythe Racing Team. SUNDAY WARM UP

11:58 a.m. - - Session begins under cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 60s.

12:13 a.m. - - Session ends with no major incidents reported:

#19 MEMO GIDLEY, of San Rafael, Calif., is fastest in the Lynx Racing Ralt RT-41 at 1:17.716 - 104.596 mph.

#32 ALEX BARRON, of Vista, Calif., is second fastest in the Lynx Racing-Victory Circle/Red Line Oil Ralt RT-41 at 1:18.016 - 104.194 mph.

#14 CHUCK WEST, of Sonoma, Calif., is third quickest in the World Speed Motorsports Red Line Oil/Martini Sunglasses/Harvest Group Ralt RT-41 at 1:18.142 - 104.026 mph.

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#66 ALEX TAGLIANI (Player’s Forsythe Racing Team-Player’s/Indeck) "Throughout the session, I had such a lack of power. Then, at the end of the session, something came loose on the rear right wheel. My team has been up all night working on getting the car back together. I hope the car will be fine for this afternoon." (Francois Cartier)

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