INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 6, 1999 - The inaugural Formula One United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis is more than one year away, but fans can already get a glimpse of a car that will compete in the race by visiting the Indianapolis Motor ...
INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 6, 1999 - The inaugural Formula One United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis is more than one year away, but fans can already get a glimpse of a car that will compete in the race by visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Thanks to a loan arrangement with the Stewart-Ford Grand Prix team, the Hall of Fame Museum has a 1998 Stewart-Ford SF-2 chassis, complete with engine, on display through the running of the inaugural United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis, on Sept. 24, 2000. "As a major participant in Formula One, Ford is very excited about the return of F1 racing to the United States," said Torrey Galida, global marketing manager for Ford Racing. "We're a global company, but the U.S. is our home base and our largest market. "Ford has a long history at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and we're anxiously looking forward to the inaugural Formula One event at the track. In anticipation of that day coming, we want to help the Speedway promote the race." In addition to the Stewart-Ford SF-2, a variety of vintage Grand Prix cars dating from the early 1900s will be part of the display starting early next year. Photographs, artwork and other historical items also will be on display. The SF-2 competed throughout the 1998 Formula One season, which featured 16 races in 14 countries on five continents. Rubens Barrichello was lead driver for Stewart-Ford in 1998, and continues to represent the team this season. Also driving the SF-2 in 1998 were Jan Magnussen, Jos Verstappen and Johnny Herbert. The 1999 Stewart-Ford team features Barrichello and Herbert as teammates, driving the current Stewart-Ford car, the SF-3. The Stewart-Ford team is owned by the Ford Motor Company, based in Dearborn, Mich. Three-time Formula One World Driving Champion Jackie Stewart is the chairman and chief executive officer of the team, headquartered in Milton Keynes, England. Stewart, 60, was the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year in 1966. He was leading with 10 laps to go but was forced out with mechanical problems, finishing sixth. He also competed in 1967 for his only other Indy start, running as high as third before retiring early in 18th. All of Stewart's World Driving Championships and his two Indy 500 starts took place in Ford-powered cars. The United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis will be conducted on a 2.61-mile road course, part of which encompasses the famous 2.5-mile oval's main straightaway, Turn 1, the south short chute and Turn 2. The Formula One cars will run clockwise on the oval, opposite the direction cars run during the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400.
STEWART-FORD SF-2 SPECIFICATIONS: Cost: $800,000 Wheelbase: 120.17 inches (3050 cm) Top speed: 225 mph Weight: 1,320 pounds (600 kg) Fuel Tank Capacity: 31.5 U.S. gallons (120 liters) Mileage: 3.2 miles per U.S. gallon (3.8 liters) Braking ability example: At Hockenheim (the German Grand Prix course), the car slowed from 218 mph to 62 mph (a total of 156 mph) in 3.5 seconds.