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QUALIFYING AT INDY AND MICHIGAN AS GEORGE EYES LARGER FIELD
Published May 10, 1996
As qualifying for the U.S. 500 and Indy 500 begin Saturday, IMS President Tony George said Indy may expand its race card beyond the traditional 33 starters. George: "I don't believe the traditional 33 starting spots will be a problem filling. The question is will we consider ... maybe expanding. ... I'm not suggesting anything other than this is an unusual year .. (and that) anything is possible" (Skip Myslenski, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/10). TAKING SIDES? Profiles of the IRL/CART split continue. In Detroit, Angelique Chengelis writes the feud has not "officially escalated to the point where the D-word is used, but it seems their differences are irreconcilable." The "trial separation appears headed toward something more permanent" (DETROIT NEWS, 5/10). In Orlando, Mike Dame writes Indy "has been reduced to a farcical sideshow." Driver Paul Tracy, who will be at the U.S. 500, won't miss Indy, calling it just another race track while adding all the best racers are in Michigan. Tracy: "I don't watch the Super Bowl to look at the stadium" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/10). In L.A., Jim Murray writes George is betting the event "overshadows the individuals. ... Individuals retire, get old, get out. The event stays" (L.A. TIMES, 5/9).