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ARA Racefacts Bulletin (3/15/98)

16 March 1998


MARCH 15, 1998

	Youth and Experience shared the limelight in this
weekend's racing action as veteran drivers won races while
young lions won poles, contended for victory, and also
suffered injury.
	Michael Andretti (Texaco Havoline/K-Mart Newman-Haas
Swift/Cosworth Ford/Goodyear) won Sunday's opening round of
the CART Fed Ex Championship series, the Marlboro GP of
Miami held at Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex.
	At age 35 a "veteran" of the series, Michael scored his
37th win!  When Michael turned 35, he had 36 Champ Car wins;
it's interesting to note that when father Mario turned 35
(February 28, 1975), he had at that point only 32 Champ Car
	Michael has now won a Champ Car race in eleven seasons;
he won three races in 1986 (his first win came at Long Beach
on April 13, 1986), four in 1987, none in 1988 (although he
did win the nonpoint Marlboro Challenge), two in 1989, five
in 1990, eight in 1991 (plus the Marlboro Challenge), five
in 1992, none in 1993 when he was competing in F1, two in
1994, one in 1995, six in 1996, and one in 1997.
	The Homestead victory was only Michael's fourth on an
oval greater than a mile, joining two Michigan 500-mile wins
and 1997's Homestead victory.  He has won eight races on
mile ovals and thus has twelve oval victories.  Michael has
won fifteen times on "street or temporary" circuits and ten
times on permanent road courses.
	At the other end of the age scale, Greg Moore finished
second after becoming CART's youngest polewinner!  With
Alessandro Zanardi third, the engine finish was
	In the PPG Dayton Indy Lights opener at Homestead, the
oldest driver in the race, Shigeaki Hattori (Epson Indy
Regency), 34 years old (DOB: November 11, 1963 Okayama,
Japan), took his first-ever Indy Lights victory!  Shigeaki's
win came in his 24th start in the series; he now has two Top
Five and nine Top Ten finishes.  His win bettered his
previous career-best of fourth at Toronto in 1996; his
previous best oval finish was sixth at Milwaukee in 1996.
	Shigeaki ranked 25th in 1997 Indy Lights points after
placing thirteenth in 1996.  In 1995, he ranked 13th in
Toyota Atlantic points with two Top Five and three Top Ten
finishes in eight starts; he was fifth at Trois Rivieres and
Mid-Ohio and seventh at Laguna Seca.
	While young lion Cristiano DaMatta was the race
runnerup, young lion polesitter Sergio Paese wrecked
battling for the lead and Clint Mears wrecked in practice
suffering a shoulder injury.
	Nashville's Bell South Mobility/Opryland 320 NASCAR
Busch Grand National event saw Mike McLaughlin (Goulds Pumps
Cicci-Welliver Chevrolet Monte Carlo) take his fourth career
victory over 17-year old polesitter Casey Atwood (Red Line
Oil Chevrolet Monte Carlo), the series' youngest polesitter. 
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (AC Delco Chevrolet Monte Carlo)
continued the youth theme behind the winner by placing
	McLaughlin's win was his first on a "short track,"
joining two "mile" wins (1995 Dover, 1997 New Hampshire) and
a 1997 Watkins Glen road course victory!
	The victory was Chevrolet's fourth consecutive in the
Nashville BGN race; Chevrolet has won five of the seven
events, Buick and Pontiac one apiece.  The seven Nashville
BGN races have had seven different racewinners and seven
different polesitters!
	1996 and 1997 NASCAR Busch Grand National champion
Randy Lajoie (FINA BACE Chevrolet Monte Carlo) finished
fourth and took over the point lead!
	After winning the March 7 NARC Sprint Car opener at
Kings, youngster Bud (son of Brent) Kaeding wrecked in
Silver Dollar's Mini Gold Cup, suffering a concussion.  Paul
McMahan won the race.
	Jay Drake took his first SCRA Sprint Car win Saturday
at Perris.
	Mark Kinser's Pike County Pennzoil World of Outlaws
Sprint Car win was his 90th in an "A" feature and signals
that Mark has a real chance to displace Doug Wolfgang from
WoO's historic "Big Three" as Wolfie is third on the
all-time win list with 107!  Steve Kinser has 418 wins, Sam
Swindell 229.
	NHRA's Gainesville Mac Tools Gatornationals on Saturday
produced a Top Fuel victory for Kenny Bernstein, a Funny Car
win for Cruz Pedregon and a Pro Stock triumph for Warren
Johnson.  AC Delco Chevrolet Camaro Z28 driver Kurt Johnson
made it to the third round and joined the 200 MPH club in
round one.
	Professional Sports Car Racing's Sebring 12 Hours will
open its season on Saturday, March 21.
	PSCR first sanctioned the Sebring 12 Hours in 1973; no
race was held in 1974 but the race has been held annually
beginning with 1975.  These twenty-four PSCR-sanctioned
Sebring classics have produced fourteen overall victories by
Porsche, four by Nissan, two each by Ferrari and Toyota and
one each by BMW and Oldsmobile (in an R & S Mark III
	Porsche won with Carreras in 1973, 1976, and 1977, with
935 Turbos in 1978 through 1982 and 1984, with a 934 GTS-1
entry in 1983, and with 962s in 1985 through 1988.  Porsche
set a PSCR record of 13 consecutive Sebring overall wins by
taking the 1976 through 1988 events, with only BMW's 1975
win interrupting the streak.  Nissan then won three straight
Sebring classics, 1989 through 1991, followed by Toyota
victories in 1992 and 1993, a Nissan GTS-1 victory overall
in 1994, a Ferrari 333SP win in 1995, and the Oldsmobile
Aurora R & S Mk III victory in 1996, and another Ferrari
333SP win in 1997!
	Prior to the first PSCR-sanctioned Sebring 12 Hours in
1973, twenty-one Sebring 12 Hours classics were held.  The
first event took place in 1952; the next twenty races,
1953-1972, were FIA Sportscar World Championship events.
	The inaugural race was won by a Frazer-Nash driven by
Harry Grey and Larry Kulok.  The 1953 event, the inaugural
race of the new (and now defunct!) FIA Sportscar World
Championship, was won by a Chrysler-powered Cunningham C4R
driven by John Fitch and Phil Walters, the only win ever for
Chrysler power in the series!  An OSCA driven by Stirling
Moss and Bill Lloyd won in 1954, a Jaguar D driven by Mike
Hawthorn and Phil Walters (the race's first two-time
winner!) won in 1955, Juan Manuel Fangio and Eugenio
Castellotti drove a Ferrari to victory in 1956, and Fangio
(the race's first consecutive winner) and Jean Behra won in
a Maserati 450S in 1957, completing a streak of six events
without a repeat-winning marque or engine manufacturer! 
Ferrari won the next two events (1958 and 1959) with Phil
Hill appearing on the winning team in both races, joined by
Peter Collins in 1958 and Olivier Gendebien, Dan Gurney, and
Chuck Daigh in 1959.  Porsche took its first victory in 1960
with an RS60 driven by Gendebien and Hans Herrmann.  Phil
Hill teamed with Gendebien to win 1961's 12 hours in a
Ferrari as Gendebien became the first driver to win three
consecutive Sebring classics.  Joakim Bonnier and Lucien
Bianchi won in a Ferrari in 1962 while the factory Ferrari
team returned to Sebring's victory lane in 1963 and 1964
with John Surtees/Ludovico Scarfiotti and Mike
Parkes/Umberto Maglioli; Ferrari thus had taken four
consecutive Sebring wins and six of the seven events in the
1958-1964 period.  Jim Hall and Hap Sharp won in a
Chevrolet-powered Chaparral in 1965; the Ford teams of Ken
Miles/Lloyd Ruby and Mario Andretti/Bruce McLaren won in
1966 and 1967 to give American power three consecutive wins. 
Porsche took its second win in 1968 with Hans Herrmann and
Jo Siffert; Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver took Ford's third
win (in a GT40) in 1969.  Ferrari took its first Sebring win
since 1964 in 1970 courtesy of Mario Andretti, Nino
Vaccarella, and Ignazio Giunti.  Porsche's final win of the
pre-PSCR Sebring period came in 1971 with Vic Elford/Gerard
Larrousse in a 917K, while Ferrari took the final pre-PSCR
win, and its most recent at Sebring, in 1972 with Jacky Ickx
and Mario Andretti.  The twenty-one race pre-PSCR period saw
Ferrari score nine wins, Porsche three, Ford three, and one
win apiece for six other marques.
	If a Ferrari takes the 1998 pole the Prancing Horse
will have achieved a four-race streak, breaking the record
three-race pole streak it shares with the Porsche 935 Turbo
(1979-81) and the Nissan GTP cars (ZX-T in 1989 and 1990,
NPT-90 in 1991).
	The PTG BMW M3 team seeks its fourth consecutive
Daytona/Sebring endurance race win, as the team won GT3 in
the 1997 Daytona 24 Hours, 1997 Sebring 12 Hours, and 1998
Daytona 24 Hours!

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