Tue, Jun 10, 2003
Cars Raced There, Too; It's Not About Cars...
Never mind the cars -- Little Al (Unser) won; Pat
Purcell tells us, The Flying Texas 200 Air Race met the
Bombardier 500 Indy Car Race over the Texas Motor Speedway. The
Flying Aviation Market Expo brought the world of general aviation
to the Texas Motor Speedway for the June 5-7 auto racing events.
The US Air Race, Inc. produced the Flying Texas 200, a
handicapped cross country speed race.
Eight veteran race teams and five rookie race teams came from
Hawaii, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Minnesota,
Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Texas. Aircraft flown were a true
cross section of the general aviation fleet ranging in age from
1954 to 2002 and horsepowered from 150 to 600. The racers were
flagged off at the start by Astrounaut Gene Cernan and his
granddaughter Ashley. Scores were so close that congratulations are
in order to all who flew with such precision.
The top three placing teams flew a Victory Lap by
the Texas Motor Speedway during the pre-race show. After landing at
nearby Alliance Airport, the winners were taken by helicopter to
Victory Circle where they were given their trophies.
Purcell tells us, "We congratulate the following for their
victory and for the picture they present of general aviaiton."
- First Place to Dennis and Jeanette Hackler, Texas....Veteran
racers, but their first big win; flying Magic Carpet, a
- Second Place to Shelby Bowles and Jim Reed, Maryland...Veteran
racers at the controls of Wild Thing, a Cessna
- Third Place to Stuart Morse and Marvin Guthrie, Florida...these
wily veterans were flying Tiger Lily, a -- what else? --
But wait! There's More!
The U.S. Air Race will also be running three Centennial
Celebration events July 18-25: the Historic Air Cruise, the
Renaissance 300 Air Race and the 1800-mile Marion Jayne Air Race.
These events are sanctioned by the U.S. Centennial of Flight
Commission; more information is available on the web site. Entry
deadline: July 18, 2003.
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