CHAMPCAR/CART: Detroit SpeedNet Thursday/Friday report

JUNE 9-11, 1995 - BELLE ISLE, DETROIT by: Kris B Mandt for the SpeedNet Thursday Morning, June 8 Hello fellow SpeedNet'ers, as I'm writing this we are winging our way to the Detroit GP. I have worked out a deal with Robert to post my ...

JUNE 9-11, 1995 - BELLE ISLE, DETROIT

by: Kris B Mandt for the SpeedNet

Thursday Morning, June 8

Hello fellow SpeedNet'ers, as I'm writing this we are winging our way to the Detroit GP. I have worked out a deal with Robert to post my thoughts here from a Flagging and Comm. (F&C) workers view of the race via an AST 900N lap top and my AOL link.

There are 8 of us from Des Moines going to this race. We are all going to be working turns 7B (the right hand kink just prior to turn 8), or turn 8. The two workers with the most experience working at Detroit and IndyCar races are Dick and Diane Struve, I will be working with them for the weekend. Dick and Diane have both worked this race 5 times, 1 year on the old downtown track and 4 years on Belle Isle. They both have a national grade F&C licence. Brian Putizer and Chuck Donnery have both worked this race 3 years, Chuck also has a national lic., Brian has a divisional. For Ron and Monica Shaw and Nancy and myself this will be our first time at Detroit, Ron, Moinca, and Nancy have divisionals, I hold a national .

Although I can't take this laptop out on the corner with me, I will be trying to give you a little taste of what it's like to be out there as and F&C worker by posting my thoughts here to you at the end of each day. Hopefully some of you may want to try working an event after reading these posts. I'm looking forward to this weekend and being one of SpeedNet's members in attendance.

The next post will be after we get back from registration at Belle Isle tonight.

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

by: Kris B Mandt for the SpeedNet

Thursday Evening, June 8

Just got into our hotel rooms, we are staying at the Holiday Inn Fairlawn in Dearborn. Just accoss the road is "the mother of all strip malls". The track is about 20 mins away from here.

The Party this evening was held at the Detroit Boat Club on Belle Isle. It is the oldest boat club in extistance in the US. A VERY nice place folks, with alot of very expensive boats tied up on the docks. Saw a few familiar faces this evening. Among those was Patc Henry with SCCA. Patc has been a friend of ours for many years and it's always great to see her. The race track (what we could see of it) looks like any other street course right now. But the one thing I have noticed is the lack of traffic "hassels" due to the fact that in order to get to the track you have to cross the Detroit River.

We have to be at the track for our corner meeting at 6:30am... Racing is geting up early on your day off folks. We will be shuttled in from our parking area to the Isle so we shouldn't have to fight traffic in the am. The first group out will be the TransAm at 8:00am, followed by Indy Lights at 9:30am. IndyCar practice starts at 11:00am. After lunch all groups with the exception of Neon Challenge cars will have one hour qualifying sessons. The Neons will be the last sesson of the day with their practice begining at 5:35pm. Our worker party begins sometime around 6:30pm.

I'll hopefully be able to post things with a little more substance tommorrow night.

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

by: Kris B Mandt for the SpeedNet

Friday June 9

The day was not to bad here, it was 64 and cloudy, but tommorrow the weather looks better. We were at the track at 6:00am EDT and off track at 7:03pm... a long day but the beer and food at the worker party was good and ther was enough of it.

Here's a few highlights of our day: The back "straight" is about 10 feet wider this year which makes for a much faster track. I saw on Gordons in car telem. last year that he was hitting around 172-175 mph at 7B, today I'd say the IndyCars had to be at least 10 mph higher or more. I'll have to check out my tape when I get home to see if I'm right.

There was not to much action today, most of the sessons went real well. I don't have an entry list yet for the Lights cars but for those of you that do follow them here are the top five cars in the 1st qual. sesson: 31, 9, 24, 5, and 6.

During the first IndyCar qual. session Mike A. and Bobby Rahal came out of 7A side by side, (Mike on drivers right and Bobby on drivers left). I thought *I* saw a puff of smoke come up as the two cars touched tires. I reported it that to our communicator and after the sesson both cars were checked in the pits and the officials found scuff marks on both the rear tires from that incident. That call earned me an "atta-boy" from both my corner capt. and the IndyCar officials.

The fast four at the end of the 1st qual. sesson were: Gordon, Fabi, Mike A. and Al Jr. The fast four in the 2nd sesson were: Johansson, Rahal, Zampedri and Sullivan.

The TransAm fast five I don't know right now. I was working in the "far safety area" (turn 8 1/2 or so), and I wasn't close enough to the phones to get the numbers of the fast five. I'll have to post that along with the race results tommorrow night. However I did get some (my only real) action for the day, when Scott Sharp lost it and slid into the wall coming into turn 9- hitting the wall sideways, drivers left. He limped around 9 as I went waving yellow and stopped just before the spectator crossover bridge. His car sat there for the last three laps of qual. and had to be wreckered out. Damage did not look to bad though.

Last on our sched. for the day was the Neons... Not to much to say there but the fastest cars in practice were: Perry King (Melrose Place), Csaba Csere (Car and Driver) and Sean Flanery (Young Indiana Jones). Belle Isle is a neat place to have a race. The Isle itself is wonderful and the area around it and with the 'lake ships"/ small water craft going by us all day long it gave us something different to look at when we were not watching the cars on track ('course we only watched be ships when there were no race cars out there). If you get a chance to come to see this race ... do it.

Like I said before it was a long day but we still had a great deal of fun. The Folks here are good people to work with, the Isle is great, Detroit is easy to get around in and the weather looks like it will be ok (I hope..., please god none of that "r" stuff this weekend ok? I have had enough of that so far this year). Till tommorrow...play safe in traffic.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Bobby Rahal