CHAMPCAR/CART: Detroit Saturday corner worker report

SPEEDNET WORKS THE CORNERS OF DETROIT INDYCAR GP JUNE 9-11, 1995 - BELLE ISLE, DETROIT by: Kris B Mandt for the SpeedNet Saturday June 10 Today was not as long as "the 24 hours of Detroit" that we had yesterday. We were in our corner...

SPEEDNET WORKS THE CORNERS OF DETROIT INDYCAR GP JUNE 9-11, 1995 - BELLE ISLE, DETROIT

by: Kris B Mandt for the SpeedNet

Saturday June 10

Today was not as long as "the 24 hours of Detroit" that we had yesterday. We were in our corner meeting at 6:45am again but the day was over and the beers opened at 5:45pm. The weather was better with the temps in the mid 70's and the sky's partly cloudy.

Highlights of the day were: We once again got to "beat on" our rental cars as we were just a touch late leaving the hotel for the track, so we proceeded to drive down the freeway at 90 mph. We probably were the slowest cars out there as we were still passed by most everyone on the roads at that early hour.

Robby Gordon went into the wall at turn two yesterday, this quote I found from him this morning in one of the press notes: "The car went loose in the second part of turn two. I backed off the throttle and the car went straight into the wall. It was the first time the car got loose on that part of the track. I was just along for the ride..."

During the IndyCar practice session Gil de Ferran went into the wall at turn two. He lost the back end of the car and first nailed the wall drivers right then slid across the track diagonally and impacted again on drivers left. He was ok, and out of the car within seconds. The Winsor Can. and Detroit Police boats were having some fun out on the water of the Detroit River this afternoon. They were playing a game of "boat football", in which the crew of one boat would try and either kick or pass a football into the other boat. Of course most of the time the ball would land in the water and one of the dive boats would retrieve the ball, putting it in play again. I worked for "safety" at turn eight for the Indy Lights practice session this morning. Had a little fun when car #24 David Desilva went into the tire wall there. I went out on track (in traffic... nothing new) and proceeded to get the traffic to move closer to the wall and away from the car that was sitting crossways at the corner. He munched his nose and front upper A arms but everything was wrenchable, and he was back out for the qual. session two hours later. The Indy Lights top five after their last qual. session were: #31 Robbie Buhl, #99 Greg Moore, #44 Jeff Ward and #5 Nick Firestone, both Buhl and Moore traded off lap records twice, with Buhl ending up with the final lap record. The final sessions of IndyCar qual. were not without incident. However the first session it wasn't to bad with the top five being: De Ferran, Fittipaldi, Ribeiro and Cheever. The second session was a lot busier as Mike A. and Gordon both attempting to occupy the same amount of track at turn three with 5 mins. left in the session. They tangled their front ends and ended up in the tires. Mike's car got the worst of it.

The top five at the end of that session were: Gordon, Al Jr., Fabi, Tracy and Andretti. The Trans-Am race ended up the day for us, it was taped and will be shown on ESPN (as per race control). [Note: My tv guide (for Los Angeles) shows the Trans-Am race will be shown at 8:00pm Sunday on Prime Ticket... R.H.] There were two long yellows, but the one that counted was the last one. They went green for the last lap. The quote from the phones just prior to the begining of the one lap shoot-out to turn one was: "By the Stewards request, get all the women and children away the wall, because here they come". What happened later was described by the workers at one as "a real MGF (Mongolian C*****r F**k). With more cars bumping and banging and lots of body work to be fixed. It will be a great race to see in TV. The final top three finishing positions were: Ron Fellows, Greg Pickett and Dorsey Schroeder. As I'm writing these thoughts we (all the DMVR gang) are sitting around the hotel's hot tub. It's late at night, we are still wearing sunglasses, and two of our group have cigs... bring on Sunday and the IndyCars!

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Jeff Ward , Gil de Ferran , Ron Fellows , Greg Pickett , Greg Moore