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  • #46
    Originally posted by Doctorindy View Post

    Remnants of Hurricane Agnes. It struck just before the Pocono 500 was to be run. The track and the surrounding areas were flooded out, but stubborn USAC for some reason thought they could still run a race in all that. They waited for over ten days, barely turning a wheel, refusing to cancel/postpone the race, even though the infield was a quagmire, some locals roads were washed out, and sewage was in the floodwaters, and the governor was even asking them to postpone. Typical USAC.
    I dont remember that at all. But I was only 6 or 7 at the time. LOL.

    I remember someone in the group from our church salvaged a cross from a destroyed church there.

    It hung behind the pulpit in our church for years afterwards.
    Live like Dave

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    • #47
      The Orlando Sentinel, September 22, 1961:

      Word from Italy is that Ferrari will pass up the Formula One US Grand Prix at the Glen Oct. 8 to start working on building an entry for next May's Indianapolis 500.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by FormulaFox View Post
        That's less a bad take and more just bad management messing up any chance of making it come true. But yeah, racing history will never run out of stories about USAC's bad management.

        USAC's entire history is a series of missed opportunities and bad choices. It's honestly pretty amazing they're still in business when you look at how many mistakes they made.
        Stealing and mangling a quote from Israeli ambassador Abba Eban, "USAC never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity."

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        • #49
          It's astonishing how USAC has managed to survive despite making so many mistakes and missing so many opportunities. Perhaps their management wasn't so bad, after all?

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          • #50
            Originally posted by ensign14 View Post
            That Bobby Allison lost the 1982 NASCAR championship because someone out in the sticks at Riverside was shooting his tyres out.
            I read where Bobby kind of joked that Junior Johnson had some Wilke's county snipers shooting his tires out. Junior heard about it and proclaimed that had he hired people to shoot at Bobby's car, they wouldn't have been aiming at the tires, they would have been shooting at the driver.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by Michael Ferner View Post
              It's astonishing how USAC has managed to survive despite making so many mistakes and missing so many opportunities. Perhaps their management wasn't so bad, after all?
              Considering where they could be if they HADN'T made those mistakes? Yes.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by Michael Ferner View Post
                It's astonishing how USAC has managed to survive despite making so many mistakes and missing so many opportunities. Perhaps their management wasn't so bad, after all?
                Well...they inherited a set of series in 1956, and were second division within a quarter of a century...
                "An emphasis was placed on drivers with road racing backgrounds which meant drivers from open wheel, oval track racing were at a disadvantage. That led Tony George to create the IRL." -Indy Review 1996

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