IRL: Loudon Johnny Unser final notes

August 18th, 1997 Pennzoil 200 - Wrap Up The Pennzoil 200 was a long race for Johnny and the Byrd/Cunningham crew, as they fought handling problems, high heat and a slippery track the entire day. After some fast qualifying laps and setup ...

August 18th, 1997

Pennzoil 200 - Wrap Up

The Pennzoil 200 was a long race for Johnny and the Byrd/Cunningham crew, as they fought handling problems, high heat and a slippery track the entire day. After some fast qualifying laps and setup changes during practice on Saturday, the team felt that they had a solid car for the race on Sunday. That was not the case, however, and Johnny and the team found themselves with an ill-handling car that did not respond to the changes they made during the race. Several teams found themselves in similar situations on a track that became more and more slippery as the race progressed. Fortunately, Johnny was able to stay out of trouble, stay out of the other drivers' way and bring the car home safely for a solid midpack finish. "I'm sorry that Mike got hurt on Friday, and I hope that he gets well quickly, "said Johnny, "but I was honored to be chosen by Jonathan Byrd to fill in for him. This is a great team, and I feel privileged to work with them again. Unfortunately, we just couldn't overcome the handling problems during the race, and had to resort to finishing the race safely, which we did."

Mike Groff has been released from the hospital and is at home recovering from his injuries. He is expected to be ready to race for the final race of the IRL season in Las Vegas in October. We are continuing to work on sponsorship for Johnny for the Las Vegas race and for the full 1998 season.

We'll have more news for you as the next race gets closer. In the meantime, feel free to stop by our website, and to e-mail us with any questions that you have for Johnny.

Thanks again for your support and for being a Johnny Unser fan.

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