IRL: Pikes Peak Johnny Unser race notes

June 29, 1997 Samsonite 200 Final Race Recap Johnny Unser completed only 23 laps today in the Samsonite 200, before a turn two accident put him out of the race.Replays of the crash show that the rear of the ...

June 29, 1997

Samsonite 200 Final Race Recap

Johnny Unser completed only 23 laps today in the Samsonite 200, before a turn two accident put him out of the race.Replays of the crash show that the rear of the #10 Bryant Heating and Cooling car suddenly became loose, sending Unser towards a head-on collision with the outside wall. He managed to gain enough control to turn the car slightly to the right and struck the wall with the right side of the car.

Johnny suffered only minor injuries in the impact, and was released from the infield medical center after an examination. "I'm not really sure just what happened," he said, " the car just came around in an instant."

Unser was only one of several drivers who fell victim to the slick track here at the new Pikes Peak Intl Raceway. A total of ten cars fell out of the race after crashes similar to Unser's in either turn 2 or turn 4. Many drivers stated that the track, which had been in perfect condition during yesterday's practice sessions, became very slippery during the race as rubber was laid down and the temperature began to rise. Tony Stewart held off a late race charge by Stephan Gregoire to win the caution-filled race, taking home his first IRL victory.

The final unofficial standings are listed below. We will have Johnny's recap of the race tomorrow, and we wil be posting pictures from the track and more audio clips in the next few days.

Thank you again for your support.

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Samsonite 200 Final Standings Approved: tomh@motorsport.com

1) 200 2 Tony Stewart 3) 200 14 Davey Hamilton 4) 200 51 Eddie Cheever, Jr. 5) 200 12 Buzz Calkins 6) 200 22 Vincenzo Sospiri 7) 200 6 Scott Goodyear 8) 198 91 Buddy Lazier 9) 196 17 Affonso Giaffone 10) 193 30 Robbie Groff OUT - Accident Turn 2 11) 192 28 Mark Dismore 12) 190 7 Eliseo Salazar 13) 190 70 Marco Greco 14) 179 4 Kenny Brack OUT - Accident Turn 2 15) 163 5 Arie Luyendyk OUT - Accident Turn 2 16) 141 40 Dr. Jack Miller OUT - Accident Turn 4 17) 108 97 Greg Ray OUT - Accident Turn 4 18) 85 21 Roberto Guerrero OUT - Accident Turn 4 19) 83 18 Billy Boat OUT - Accident Turn 4 20) 39 33 Jimmy Kite OUT - Accident Turn 4 21) 23 10 Johnny Unser OUT - Accident Turn 2 22) 0 1 Scott Sharp OUT - Accident Turn 2 -- *********************** Johnny Unser Racing http://www.unser-racing.com **************************

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