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Bob Holada
Ludovic Tiengou
Jonatan Acerclinth
Juha Bos
Richard Coxon
Ben Paulet
Jacob Fredriksson
Dana Schurer
François Remmen
Jukka Närhi
Michael Drechsler
Martin Lacina
Alberto Ibañez
Pascal Mikula
Jason White
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Jason White
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Jason White


Number of posts : 14725
Age : 47
Location : Ferndale, MI USA
Registration date : 2011-12-25

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Those of you who watched the Time Trials on YT may have heard Mr. Fitch tell the story of the "fourth attempt" for Sam Posey's car.  This is the lone photo I can find of the car!  The #34 car had used up its three allotted qualifying attempts and was in the show, but the team were afraid they would be bumped out. So they tried to fool USAC by taping over the "4" and making the car "31" -- They even replaced the VIN plate to make it seem like a different car.  But as Jason said, USAC was not fooled and the fourth run didn't happen.  Sam was eventually bumped by George Snider.
I believe fines and suspensions were handed down in the aftermath.  Evil or Very Mad  :rigol:

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Alberto Ibañez
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Alberto Ibañez


Number of posts : 16788
Age : 121
Location : International Simracing Organisation
Registration date : 2010-09-17

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They should have asked Bobby Unser, he would have recommended duc taping Sam Posey and placing a real driver in the cockpt instead! :rigol:
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Jason White
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Alberto Ibañez wrote:
They should have asked Bobby Unser, he would have recommended duc taping Sam Posey and placing a real driver in the cockpt instead! :rigol:

lol!
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Jason Fitch
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Jason Fitch


Number of posts : 664
Age : 44
Location : Frankfort, IN
Registration date : 2015-04-18

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It's funny, everyone thinks Sam and Bobby didn't get along at the very least, and hated each other at the most. Truth is, they were very good friends. Both of them have said that was all, not quite an act, but close enough.

Plus, sometimes miracles happened...


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Jason White
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More fun with Sam and Bobby 



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Michael Drechsler
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Michael Drechsler


Number of posts : 671
Age : 45
Location : Aachen, Germany
Registration date : 2016-03-11

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Not sure if its right here. Here's something I just found looking for a picture of Mel's special glove:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/fotografia-originale-autografo-mel-kenyon-indianapolis-/390891896281

I'm almost tempted...
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Jason Fitch
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Jason Fitch


Number of posts : 664
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Location : Frankfort, IN
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I wonder how many years it took Paul Page to figure out how to pronounce Hiro Matsushita's name correctly
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Jason Fitch
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Me and the 8 year old took a trip down to the Big Track today for the Brickyard Vintage Invitational Qualifying.

Phillipe had his Eagle 72 there, plus I came across 2 other Eagle 72's as well. Will post pics when I get them sorted.
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Jason White
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Jason Fitch
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EDIT: FIXED!

Alright,

Let's start with the obvious pics first. Philippe de Lespinay's Eagle "72".

1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27718467536_1347842a0d_cIMG_2991 by fitch9392, on Flickr

1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27140391474_e6fff28615_cIMG_2992 by fitch9392, on Flickr

1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27140386634_fbc5c0f967_cIMG_2993 by fitch9392, on Flickr

Dan and Bobby signatures
1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27140373314_aa557971ea_cIMG_2996 by fitch9392, on Flickr

This car was a surprise to me, I spied it on the pre-grid for the Oval only exhibition group. Took me nearly an hour to track it down in the infield. So..Mr. Coxon

1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27474361320_8bbdc5118c_cIMG_3003 by fitch9392, on Flickr

1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27678048801_f6e25f5ce9_cIMG_3004 by fitch9392, on Flickr

1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27474355330_ef1948bae0_cIMG_3005 by fitch9392, on Flickr

1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27140336644_ce9b9ce018_cIMG_3006 by fitch9392, on Flickr

Next we find Petr Hlavac's car.

1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27474480740_d38374465a_cIMG_2973 by fitch9392, on Flickr

1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27140455394_81cbb4140f_cIMG_2974 by fitch9392, on Flickr

1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27474471410_cce2265557_cIMG_2975 by fitch9392, on Flickr

For those wondering, Lloyd Ruby started the 73 season with this chassis, he crashed it at Pocono, and the team just put it in a corner, they then sold it and the other chassis to Tassi Vatis at the end of the season. At some point prior to the 77 season, Bill Finley rebuilt the chassis to this spec. They had another 72 Eagle and did essentially the same thing to it.


Below are some various other pic's.

Eagle Cockpit shots.
1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27140382184_dbeea5834b_cIMG_2994 by fitch9392, on Flickr

1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27140377084_bba947122b_cIMG_2995 by fitch9392, on Flickr


Business end of a Foyt powered 1972 Lola.
1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27752672265_38481acaab_cIMG_3007 by fitch9392, on Flickr


Here's one of the great Eddie Sachs' cars. This applies to us, because the Voigt and Sommers are the VS of MVS Racers of Juha's car.
1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27474338060_9d8b4dd9f1_cIMG_3009 by fitch9392, on Flickr


and just because Kaitlyn wanted a pic of her up here, so here she is next to a McLaren.
1973 USAC National Championship - History - Page 3 27718603996_6c817d49b9_cIMG_2953 by fitch9392, on Flickr


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Jason White
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Jason White


Number of posts : 14725
Age : 47
Location : Ferndale, MI USA
Registration date : 2011-12-25

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Images aren't showing up here scratch
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Jonatan Acerclinth
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Jonatan Acerclinth


Number of posts : 1837
Age : 31
Location : Gräv, Sweden
Registration date : 2012-12-10

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You can still right-click and chose "open" or "open in new tab" for them to show up in Imgur where the images are stored.
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Jason Fitch
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Jason Fitch


Number of posts : 664
Age : 44
Location : Frankfort, IN
Registration date : 2015-04-18

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Alright, they show as fixed now.
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Jason White
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Jason White


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Thank you sir :hello:
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Alberto Ibañez
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Alberto Ibañez


Number of posts : 16788
Age : 121
Location : International Simracing Organisation
Registration date : 2010-09-17

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Thanks for the pics, man how I envy you!! Very Happy 


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and just because Kaitlyn wanted a pic of her up here, so here she is next to a McLaren.

She HAD to get it, didn's she? Ain't daughters lovely? Laughing
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Jason White
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Jason White


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Photos from the actual 1973 Rex Mays Classic  Smile  
Proud to say HSO owns the original slides; we made use of some of these in our league promotions.

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Gordon Johncock by Jason White, on Flickr

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Gordon Johncock by Jason White, on Flickr

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Roger McCluskey and Bobby Unser by Jason White, on Flickr

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Al Unser by Jason White, on Flickr

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Gary Bettenhausen and Mario Andretti by Jason White, on Flickr

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Joe Leonard by Jason White, on Flickr
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Jason White
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Jason White


Number of posts : 14725
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Location : Ferndale, MI USA
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1973 Schaefer 500 tickets

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Schaefer 500 Tickets 1973 by straubted, on Flickr
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Jason White
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Jason White


Number of posts : 14725
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Location : Ferndale, MI USA
Registration date : 2011-12-25

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1973 Schaefer 500, cars moving between the garage area and the pit lane  bounce
Images from the Open Wheel Racing Modeling forum

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#4 Al Unser

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#5 Gary Bettenhausen

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#6 Mike Hiss (note the unique side-pod extensions)

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#8 Bobby Unser

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#16 Lee Kunzman

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#18 Lloyd Ruby

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#23 Rick Muther

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#24 Steve Krisiloff

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#30 Jerry Karl, before the front end hit the wall...

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...and after  Crying or Very sad

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#34 Jim McElreath

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#73 Hobbsie

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#84 George "Ziggy" Snider

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#89 John Martin

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#97, second Leader Card entry

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#98 Mike Mosley
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Jason Fitch
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Jason Fitch


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That Leader Card #97 was driven by Rick Muther.
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Jason White
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Jason Fitch wrote:
That Leader Card #97 was driven by Rick Muther.

That's right. Looking at champcarstats, #23 apparently didn't even make a qualy attempt (it isn't listed as DNS, too slow)

http://www.champcarstats.com/races/197306.htm
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Jacob Fredriksson
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Awesome photos!
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Ludovic Tiengou
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Ludovic Tiengou


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Location : Grenoble far away from Brittany, France
Registration date : 2008-12-12

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Jason Fitch wrote:

That Leader Card #97 was driven by Rick Muther.

So I should have got that specific car at Pocono instead of my Eagle-Chevy, shan't I? geek :D
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Richard Coxon


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Registration date : 2012-06-29

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Rick Muther probably only drove that car because his didn't qualify, so he probably tried in that one too to get into the race. As the #97 was Moseley's back up car for the season I believe.
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Alberto Ibañez


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Ludovic Tiengou wrote:
Jason Fitch wrote:

That Leader Card #97 was driven by Rick Muther.

So I should have got that specific car at Pocono instead of my Eagle-Chevy, shan't I? geek :D

Or you would have missed the race, depens on what you use as reference, the car or driver  Laughing
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In the Pocono race there will be two cars that were driven by Muther.
The #23 Eagle Chevy, which DNAQ, and the #97 Eagle Offy, which he apparently jumped into on a whim.
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