Indianapolis-type cars made their debut in Formula 5000 road racing last Sunday (28 July) at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, in the United States.
LV PAN Rolling start to race
LV Leaders around bends
GV Crowd watches
SV Leaders over hill
LV Leaders around bend and up hill
LV PAN No. 5 down straight
SV PAN No. 66 in pursuit
LV PAN No. 5 crosses finish line
SV Judge with chequered flag
CU Andretti kissed by pretty girl
Initials BB/0057 RW/MR/BB/0108
SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: Indianapolis-type cars made their debut in Formula 5000 road racing last Sunday (28 July) at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, in the United States.
But it was left to a Formula 5000 car, driven by Mario Andretti, to take the event ahead of series leader Brian Redman of Britain.
Andretti finished eight-tenths of a second ahead of the charging Briton, Redman, despite going off the road in the final lap of the 100-mile (161 kms) event.
Redman, who -- like Andretti -- had won a qualifying heat earlier in the day, was nine seconds behind Andretti halfway through the Road America Race. The Briton got closer and closer over the closing stages of the event, setting lap record after lap record. On the last four miles of the 25-lap event he finally lowered it to two minutes 5.6 seconds, an average speed of 114.589 miles an hour (184 kms an hour).
However, he could not completely close the gap on Andretti who won in a record 55 minutes 2.2 seconds at an average speed of 113.29 miles an hour (182 kms an hour).
Andretti earned almost $20,000 (GBP 8,375) for his second straight triumph in the Formula 5000 series. The victory also put him in equal first place in the series on 50 points with Redman.
SYNOPSIS: A rolling start saw competitors away in the Road America Race for Formula 5,000 cars at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on Sunday. Indianapolis-style cars made their debut in the event.
But it was left to traditional Formula 5000 entries to show the way. Pole marker Mario Andretti was first away and soon established a handy nine second lead over Britain's Brian Redman. But from the halfway point of the twenty-five lap event, the Briton began to make his presence felt.
He set lap record after lap record as he made his bid to peg Andretti back over the closing stages of the hundred-mile event.
However, Andretti -- in car number five -- maintained his advantage and Redman could not quite close the gap.....despite the leader running off the track at one point.
Andretti crossed the line eight-tenths of a second clear of Redman. He completed the journey in a record fifty-five minutes two points two seconds -- an average speed of just over one hundred and thirteen miles an hour -- and received the spoils for the victor.