Thursday, March 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday auto racing

Here is a "Throwback Thursday" contribution from my big-time auto racing days.

First a couple funny cars with the parachutes out at the 1986 Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, Colorado.

A.J. Foyt's crew pushes the famous 14 car into place on pit road at the 1992 Indianapolis 500.

This is the infamous front row for the 1992 Indy 500 - Roberto Guerrerro on the pole in the #36, Eddie Cheever in the middle and Mario Andretti outside. I took this picture on the parade lap in Turn One. As they rounded Turn Two, Guerrerro stepped on the gas just a little too hard and the car spun into the inside wall knocking him out of the race before it even started.

The 1992 Hooters 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is still known as one of the most important races in Nascar history. It was "The King" Richard Petty's last race ever, some young punk named Jeff Gordon's first race ever, and Alan Kulwicki won the championship that day. Here Kulwicki's crew performs a pit stop midway through the race. As I was editing this photo I noticed famous racing broadcaster Dr. Jerry Punch watching the crew at work (under the green arrow).

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