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Old 05-10-2013, 09:59 PM   #101
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That's where the IROC z28 Camaro came from. Before the Camaro, they tried to run 911 Porsches. Didnt work out very well for the oval guys, but nascar's bobby Allison did pretty well.

Foyt is one if the all time greats, but he was kind of a douche. He mugged Arie Luyendyk after an Indycar race that Arie thought he won. Can't remember the specifics, but Foyt was in his 60's or 70's at the time, and owned an Indycar team.




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Old 05-10-2013, 11:40 PM   #102
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In the 70's and 80's ( maybe 90's) there was a series called the IROC series (International Race Of Champions) and i remember AJ Foyte always being in the top 3 no matter what kind of track. The whole idea is to put the drivers in equally prepared cars to see who was the best. Wish this would return.
IROC actually ran until about 8 or 10 years ago. But I think it wasn't a money maker, so it was hard to keep it going.

From the 80s on, it was pretty much always won by the stock car guys. The cars were most similar to what they were driving the rest of the time anyway, and the races were usually run on tracks they knew inside out. They didn't run enough events to give the open wheel guys time to adjust to the different style of racing.

I remember hearing about Al Jr showing up at his first superspeedway IROC race. He had almost no stock car experience, so one of the Cup drivers was going to teach him how to bump draft during one of the practice sessions. As soon as they got up to speed, the Cup driver (Mark Martin? can't remember who) came up and tapped him, which promptly sent Al Jr into the wall.

These days, there's the Race of Champions. But it's a competition amongst drivers whose contractual obligations and personal lives allow them time to compete, and it's only 2 from each of a small group of countries. It would be great to have it be expanded but it's hard to avoid going broke on events like these.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:01 AM   #103
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I gotta come back into this thread an explain why i created it. I entered a facebook contests via Eibach Springs and the question they put forth was who was the best race car driver.

I put forth it was Mario Andretti and today i got a response back from Eibach saying i've won an entire Spring Kit from them
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:07 AM   #104
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I gotta come back into this thread an explain why i created it. I entered a facebook contests via Eibach Springs and the question they put forth was who was the best race car driver.

I put forth it was Mario Andretti and today i got a response back from Eibach saying i've won an entire Spring Kit from them
Congrats, and I'm glad we were right. Send me my half of the spring kit. Lol
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Congrats, and I'm glad we were right. Send me my half of the spring kit. Lol
The springs i won are the same ones i've had on my car since January. Eibach is swapping the springs with front and rear sway bars instead.
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+1 for senna. The documentary was moving
just watched Senna. All i can say is wow, moving indeed. I've never even watched F1 really, but now i'm definitely going to start
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just watched Senna. All i can say is wow, moving indeed. I've never even watched indy racing really, but now i'm definitely going to start
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Willy T Ribs!

WT used to get into some collossal battles with Scott Sharp, Jack Baldwin, Scott Pruett, and Tommy Kendall back in the glory days of Trans Am.

He never had much luck in open wheel, though.
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Fantastic tribute to Senna. Brilliant idea.

It's between Senna and Hamilton for me.
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Yeah, Davey Hamilton is pretty good. Like to see what he could do on a top team.

Slightly related, was in NM this weekend, so went to the Unser Racing Museum. Wasn't sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by the facility and the exhibits.

It's really nice, has a ton of info about the entire family, and a LOT of great exhibits. Not just Indy cars, but Pikes Peak cars, sprints, midgets and so on. Lots of cool memorabilia, including a trophy room with row after row of helmets.

One section has two evolution displays, one for engines starting with an old non-turbo Offy, through Ford, Cowsorth, Ilmor and Olds Aurora, the other for tires from 50s bias ply all the way to modern rain tires. Very cool.

They also have a really impressive collection of artwork, paintings, murals, photos, sculptures and so on.

We were pretty much the only ones there. When we got back to the front desk area, Al Sr himself was hanging out, talking to the docents. As I walked up, he came right over, stuck his hand out and said "hi, I'm Al Unser" and we chatted for a bit. Really nice, warm, genuine guy. I'd actually met him years ago at my old job, and he was that way back then, too.

As we were leaving later on, Al, at the ripe old age of 74 after having 2 knees replaced and back surgery a few months ago, was up on a ladder, cleaning leaves out of the rain gutters.

Anyway, if anyone is a race fan and gets to Albuquerque, the museum is totally worth a visit.

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