The production of grand prix motor racing cars has become a fine skill, where a slight change in design can drastically cut wind resistance.
GV PAN Tom Sneva, No. 8 around track (2 shots)
GV Cars spinning off track and smashing into barrier from previous races (4 shots)
GV More cars spinning and crashing (4 shots)
SV Wheel rolling off track and officials surrounding car
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: The production of grand prix motor racing cars has become a fine skill, where a slight change in design can drastically cut wind resistance. Speed is an equally important factor in road motor racing but the cars have become less streamlined than their grand prix counterparts. Road motor racing also has a reputation for its sometimes spectacular crashes. Perhaps those at the Indianapolis race in the United States are now the most famous.
SYNOPSIS: This year's Indy 500 is on Sunday, the 29th of May. The cars have been out on the ciruit to qualify for the race which carries a winner's prize of 150,000 U.S. dollars (about 88,000 sterling). There's also prize money for the person who's leading during each lap during the 500 mile (800 kilometres) race.
However, the major problem for the drivers is to stay on the track long enough to win the money. The race has been stopped a number of times in the past before the cars have even gone one lap after a multiple crash in a start-line scramble.
Thirty-three drivers have qualified for this year's Indy 500--including one woman. American, Janet Guthrie, managed to qualify last year but in somebody else's car. When the car was withdrawn, she too had to pull out. She won her place in Sunday's race in her Lightening-Offenhauser. She was clocked at 185.6 mph. (about 297.7 kph). Unfortunately, she kept to the Indy tradition a few days later when she crashed into a wall. Her team mechanics say the car will be ready for the big day though on Sunday. And it's on that day the drivers will push their cars for the greatest speed and hope to stay in one piece on the circuit.