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Our show for May 17, 2011
 
LIVE from McGilvery's in Speedway, Indiana!
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Our First Scheduled Guest


Arie Luyendyk

With the help of sponsor Provimi Veal, Luyendyk ran his first full Champ Car season in 1985, winning the rookie of the year title both for the season and the Indianapolis 500. His first win in the series came five years later in 1990, but it was at the most important race of the series. With a record average speed of 185.981 mph (299.307 km/h) that still stands to this day, Luyendyk won the 1990 Indianapolis 500 for Doug Sheirson Racing. 

Luyendyk continued to perform well at Indianapolis, scoring pole positions in 1993, 1997 and 1999, and retiring from the race while leading on three occasions. In 1996, he set the qualifying lap record at 237.498 mph (382.216 km/h), although he did not start on the pole since he qualified on the second day of time trials. He won the 1997 Indianapolis 500 from the pole over Treadway Racing teammate Scott Goodyear. Arie also was selected to participate in the 1992, 1993, and 1998 editions of the International Race of Champions.
 

He retired from racing after the 1999 season, and for a short time, joined ABC Sports as a color commentator. He returned to the Indy 500 in 2001 and 2002. In 2003, he entered at Indianapolis for the final time. He suffered a crash during practice, and did not make an attempt to qualify.


Other Luyendyk victories include the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Our Third Scheduled Guest

Tim Wardrop

Don’t know how he got the nickname, but Dr. Who’s real name is Tim Wardrop. Perhaps you’ve heard of him? He’s a quite prolific and well traveled Indianapolis 500 Winning race engineer. As in specifically Arie Luyendyk’s 1997 victory for Tredway Racing. Along with engineering The “Flying Dutchman’s” pole position in 1996 as well as Arie's posted one and four lap records of 237.498mph and 236.986mph respectively, which still stand today.

Tim wonders who remembers Willy T Ribbs? Sure, while trying to ask him why Ribbs sat out the 1992 Indy 500 Tim replied that he’d been Ribbs race engineer for both of his Speedway efforts. (1991, 1993)

The 1992 Indy 500 was a most successful year for Tim as his cars finished 1-2 that day. You see Wardrop was involved with Alan Mertens who designed the Galmer G92, driven to victory by Al Unser Jr. And Tim was engineering Scott Goodyear who came from dead last (33rd) to finish second for Derrick Walker that day in what is regarded as the closest finish at the Brickyard!        
            
Our Fifth Scheduled Guest


Scott Speed

Scott Andrew Speed is an American race car driver. Formerly a driver for the Scuderia Toro Russo F1 team, he made his Formula One race debut at the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix, becoming the first American to race in F1 since Michael Andretti in 1993. Speed has currently turned his career towards stock car racing, specifically NASCAR while he was affiliated with Red Bull's racing program.  He currently drives the #33 Chevrolet Impala for Kevin Harvick, Inc. in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.  Speed will attempt to qualify for the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with Dragon Racing.
 
Our Second Scheduled Guest


Willie T Ribbs

Following his graduation from high school in 1975, Ribbs moved to Europe to compete in the Formula Ford Series.  He won the Dunlop Championship in his first year of competition, then returned to the United States.
 
Charlotte Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler entered Ribbs to drive a Winston Cup car owned by Will Cronkite in the 1978 World 600 at the Charlotte track. After Ribbs skipped two practice sessions and was arrested for evading police when he drove the wrong way down a one way street, Cronkite replaced him with Dale Earnhart.

Willie T went on to race Formula Atlantic cars, winning the pole in the Long Beach Formula Atlantic race in 1982. The following year, Ribbs won five races in the SCCA Trans-Am Series and was honored as Pro Rookie of the Year. Ribbs would attempt NASCAR again in 1986, running three races in the #30 RED ROOF INNS car owned by DiGuard Motorsports. His best finish came at his debut, a 22nd at North Wilksboro Speedway.

Also in 1986, Willie became the first Black person to drive a Formula One car, when he tested for the Brabham team at the Autodromodo Estoril, Portugal.

In 1990, Willie joined the CART circuit in a car funded in-part by comedian Bill Cosby. Ribbs had two top-10 events that season, and in 1991, he became the first African-American to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. He raced there a second time in 1993. After being released from the team in 1994, he continued in the CART series with another team, finishing in the top 10 at Michigan International Speedway and Denver Gran Prix races.

In 1999, Ribbs raced in an IndyCar Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for McComack Motorsports as a try-out to join the team full-time in 2000. However he crashed on lap four and finished in 26th and last place. After three top-10s the Trans-Am Series in 2000, Ribbs signed to drive the #8 Dodge Ram forBobby Hamilton Racing in the Craftsman Truck Series. Driving 23 out of 24 races, Ribbs had a best finish of 13th, and finished 16th in points.
Our Fourth Scheduled Guest
 

Ho-Pin Tung
 
On 22 November 2010, Ho-Pin Tung, made sporting history as he officially becomes the first Chinese licensed driver to take the wheel of an IndyCar by testing with the Fazzt Race Team at Sebring International Raceway. Tung will attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 with Sam Schmidt Motorsports/Dragon Racing. 
Our Sixth Scheduled Guest


Bryan Clauson


Clauson joined Tony Stewart Racing in USAC 2010, winning the USAC National Midget championship as well as the first-ever USAC National Drivers championship. As a result Bryan earned a $300,000 scholarship to compete in all 6 Firestone Indy Lights oval races in 2011 driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
 
 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
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