First Time Out 1967 - Lotus 49
This film tells the story of the legendary Lotus 49, when it won the
Zaandvoort Grand Prix at its first outing.
Featuring drivers such as Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, and Jimmy Clark,
this film captures a unique moment in the history of motor racing.
1994 NIGEL MANSELL LAGUNA SECA INDYCAR GRAND PRIX
Round Sixteen: Laguna Seca
* This race was the record 407th and final IndyCar race for the great
Mario Andretti. He qualified twelfth, but for the pace laps was given
honorary pole position. Former CART flagman Nick Fornoro came back to wave
the green flag for Mario's last race.
* Paul Tracy won back-to-back poles and showed the form he struggled to
find in the early part of the year. He set a new track record of 1:10.058
seconds. Exiting Turn 2 (the hairpin) Al Unser, Jr. touched wheels with
Robby Gordon and slid off the course. Michael Andretti outbraked Arie
Luyendyk for eighth in Turn 3, but spun the rear wheels and spun out.
Champions collided as four seconds later he was struck by an unfortunate
Bobby Rahal, ending the day for both, and assuring Paul Tracy of third in
the standings. Turn 3 and "The Corkscrew" (the Turn 8 downhill chicane
complex which literally screws into itself) were the preferred places to
pass behind Tracy. Robby Gordon spun twice, giving up a likely points
finish. On Lap 82 Mario's career ended a few laps too early as he slowed
with engine failure and ended 19th. Tracy took maximum points (22) ahead of
Raul Boesel, who finished second for the fifth time in his IndyCar career.
Jacques Villeneuve, Emerson Fittipaldi, Teo Fabi, Arie Luyendyk, and Adrian
Fernandez were also in the lead lap. The final points went to Nigel
Mansell, Andrea Montermini, Dominic Dobson, Willy T. Ribbs, and Stefan
Johansson; all one lap down.
* This race was also the last for Nigel Mansell. After the season he
ran the final three races in Formula One that season for Williams as the
only active World Champion, as Alain Prost retired after the 1993 season
and Ayrton Senna was killed whilst leading at Imola in May. After having
raced at Magny-Cours in June, Mansell spun off in Jerez, finished fourth in
Suzuka, and after title contenders Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill
collided, won the finale in Adelaide, Australia. In 1995 he defected to
McLaren, soon leaving the team due to an uncompetitive car.
* Also exiting the sport were the King Racing team owned by drag racing
legend Kenny Bernstein. A year later he would also pull the plug on his
NASCAR Winston Cup operation; both of which due to lack of competitiveness.
1994 NIGEL MANSELL PORTLAND INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AND F1 TEST STRAIGHT AFTER.AT BRANDS HATCH
1994 NIGEL MANSELL PORTLAND INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AND F1 TEST STRAIGHT
AFTER......Return to Formula One
In 1994 Mansell made a Formula One comeback. After the untimely death of
Ayrton Senna, he returned to Formula One with Williams replacing rookie
David Coulthard for the French Grand Prix and the last three races of the
season. Mansell was paid approximately £900,000 per race, compared to
Williams' lead driver at the time, Damon Hill being paid £300,000 for the
entire season. Mansell's return was helped by Bernie Ecclestone helping
unravel his contracts in the United States. It was important for F1 to have
a world champion driving that season and they needed Mansell. Mansell
wasn't as quick as Damon Hill in race trim but signs that his speed were
coming back were evident in Japan during a fantastic battle with the
Ferrari of Jean Alesi. Mansell took his final Grand Prix victory, the
Australian Grand Prix, which was the final race of the season having
out-qualified the two contenders for the title, Damon Hill and Michael
Schumacher, in the process. The plan was initially for Mansell to protect
Hill from Schumacher, but both drivers passed him at the start and
eventually collided, handing Schumacher his 1st World Title.
Williams had an option on Mansell's services for 1995 which Mansell was
sure they would take. However, Williams opted for youth over experience and
Jackie Stewart on Murray Walkers F1 Greats
Sir John Young "Jackie" Stewart, better known as Jackie, and nicknamed The
Flying Scot, is a Scottish former racing driver. He competed in Formula One
between 1965 and 1973, winning three World Drivers' Championships.
Race of Two Worlds: Formula One versus IndyCar (www.motorracingblog.nl)
Highlights of the 1957 Race of Two Worlds at the Monza oval in which
Formula One cars were supposed to battle IndyCars. F1 teams however
withdrew or didn't show up at all, and the Americans ended up racing each
other and the three Jaguar sports cars of Ecurie Ecosse.
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#41 of The Flying Lap: Sir Jackie Stewart
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at 1900 UK, 11AM Pacific.
In this special episode we talk to Sir Jackie Stewart, three-times World
Champion and the winner of 27 Grands Prix for BRM and Tyrrell. A tireless
campaigner for safety and charitable causes throughout his racing career,
and in the years that followed his retirement in 1973, Sir Jackie is today
acclaimed globally as one of the most significant figures in the history of
our sport. In the aftermath of the shocking accident in Las Vegas that
cost the life of Dan Wheldon, he talks about lessons that can be learned in
all disciplines of the sport - and about the F1 politics over the years
that, astonishingly, have led to Sir Jackie never being asked to take a
formal role (in the area of safety) within the sport. Despite that
omission, there is no doubt that no single individual has done more for the
safety of drivers, pit crew and spectators. We talk about his favourite
cars, his most "harmonious" races, his own mental approach to racing, about
the current F1 stars, about Red Bull Racing - a team he originated in
Milton Keynes - and about the searching question he asked of Ayrton Senna
early in 1990, now made famous by the "Senna" movie . Candid and open, Sir
Jackie also talks about his battle with dyslexia and his spiritual beliefs.
1994 NIGEL MANSELL MICHIGAN INDYCAR GRAND PRIX (FASTEST LAP EVER AVG SPEED 235.639MPH)
Round Ten: Marlboro 500 at Michigan
* Nigel Mansell set a new track record alongside Raul Boesel and and
Michael Andretti in a three-abreast start. At the start-finish line on Lap
24, third place runner Robby Gordon burst a right front tyre. Seemingly by
instinct he gradually slowed the car under the yellow, never touching the
wall, and was able to continue undamaged. Soon after polesitter Mansell
suffered a stuck throttle, and described to ESPN's Jon Beekhuis, "That's
the scariest moment I've had in my whole career." Not a fun problem to have
at 240 miles per hour (390 km/h). No fun for Adrian Fernandez on Lap 65
when he lept from his racecar (like Rick Mears at Indy in 1981) as methanol
spilled during a routine pit stop. A moment later Michael Andretti jammed
the brakes to avoid Paul Tracy and caught the wall, ruining the suspension.
On Lap 78 rookie Jacques Villeneuve suddenly pushed up the banking into the
wall in Turn 3, walking away unharmed.
o The lead pack included the Penske cars of Unser and Fittipaldi,
Raul Boesel, Scott Goodyear, and Robby Gordon, who recovered from his flat
tyre. Just short of halfway, Mario Andretti's engine failure made him the
11th retiree of the day. Inside of 70 laps remaining, Gordon's engine blew
in the middle of Turns 3 and 4. He maintained control of the car for
several seconds on the banking, but the new oil on the track took away his
traction and sent him into a 270-degree spin entering the pitlane. He never
completed the spin, and never touched a wall, but his adventures were over.
On Lap 225, while leading, Raul Boesel's excellent chance to finally win
his first IndyCar race ended when his Ford XB engine expired at 90%
distance, handing the lead to Al Unser, Jr. He hoped to be the first man to
win the Indianapolis 500 and the Michigan 500 in the same year since Rick
Mears in 1991, but six laps later he joined his teammates in the garage
area, leaving just eight of the twenty-eight starters on track: Scott
Goodyear, Arie Luyendyk (1 lap down), Dominic Dobson (2 laps back), Teo
Fabi (4 laps), Mark Smith (-10 laps), Hiro Matsushita (-11 laps), Willy T.
Ribbs (-13 laps), and Marco Greco, who finished 55 laps down in eleventh.
Goodyear, the 1992 winner of the race, was the proverbial "tortoise"
beating the quicker "hares". Al Unser Jr, despite his DNF, led with 132
points, 29 more than Emerson Fittipaldi at 103, Michael Andretti had 80
points, Gordon 75, Tracy 74, and Mansell 73.