IRL: Indy500 Pagan Racing Update 98-05-12

Pagan Racing/Indy 500 Update May 12,1998 PAGAN CREW COMES TO AID OF HEWITT If rookie Jack Hewitt is able to return to the track this week it just might be due to the quick action taken by four members of the Pagan Racing crew. Hewitt was ...

Pagan Racing/Indy 500 Update May 12,1998

PAGAN CREW COMES TO AID OF HEWITT

If rookie Jack Hewitt is able to return to the track this week it just might be due to the quick action taken by four members of the Pagan Racing crew. Hewitt was attempting to complete the final phase of his rookie test Sunday afternoon when he lost control of the car in four and slammed into the outside wall. The car slid several hundred yards down the front straight before coming to a stop and bursting into flames. With the IMS safety crew hindered by cars still on the track Pagan crew members Jack Pegues, Doug Barnes, Kevin Conley and Brett Andrew rushed to Hewitt's aid, extinguishing the blaze and helping him from the car. "I owe those guys," said Hewitt, after the incident. "They saved what was left of the car and I sure do appreciate them coming over the wall like that." Hewitt's crew delivered two cases of malt beverage to the Pagan garage as a "thank-you" for their firefighting efforts. ____________________________________________________________________________

GUERRERO AND COMPANY SHOW STEADY PROGRESS THROUGH FIRST TWO DAYS

Driver Roberto Guerrero goes into Tuesday's practice session hoping to make the same kind of gains as those made on Monday.

Day two of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway saw the Pagan Racing Olds-Aurora powered Dallara gain better than four miles an hour. Guerrero's top speed of 218.701mph came during the final ninety minutes of the Monday session, ranking him 12th among the 40 cars that took to the track.

After turning 100 laps on Sunday without breaking the 215mph barrier Guerrero made considerable gains Monday, as Chief Engineer Tino Belli worked to give the veteran driver a comfortable set-up for the 2 and a half mile oval.

"This is exactly what we were hoping to do," said team owner Allan Pagan. "We decided that we were going to approach this in a meticulous manner, and we're seeing some results. I was hoping we'd run 217 today(Monday), but we surpassed that goal during the first hour. On Tuesday we'll go at it the same way. The key is to peak at the right time. We still have four days before we qualify."

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"SUPER FAN" VISITS WITH GUERRERO AND PAGAN

Kirk Ross is no ordinary fan.

The 27 year old from Central Illinois is a longtime racing fan who has followed Roberto Guerrero and Pagan Racing closely over the last four years, so when he heard the team was still seeking a sponsor he decided to help out.

Ross contacted the Pagan Racing shop in Indianapolis last month searching for an address. No, he wasn't writing the team for an autographed picture of Guerrero. He wanted to send a check. And that's exactly what he did.

"I was getting back some money on a tax refund and I wanted to help out the team," said Ross during his visit to the speedway during Sunday's opening day of practice. "I wish I could have sent more. Maybe someday I will."

Ross was treated to an up-close and personal view of the team, spending Sunday in the Pagan Racing pit and garage. He also had a chance to spend a few minutes chatting with Guerrero and team owner Allan Pagan. Ross returned home with an autographed Roberto Guerrero hat, plenty of pictures and some great racing memories. "I'll be back to pull for you guys on pole day," said Ross. "This was great."

We race for fans like Kirk Ross. Thanks.

Next Indy Update- May 13

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Guerrero , Jack Hewitt