This was a big deal for us left
coast TF guys in 1973. A lot of hype for a ton of cars vying
for the 32 spots. . Here are the "teams". I don't remember
who ended up winning.
Don Ewald being pushed though
the rain soaked pits of Pomona in 1973. This was named "the
great rain out" as it took three weeks to finally get it
off. Thankfully we lived about 45 minutes away so the layovers
didn't kill us as it did many of the east coast racers.
One of the growing pains for
the RED's was push bar issues. It was not uncommon for the push
board and/or push bar to fail resulting in the push car to climb
up the rear tires and land on the engine/cage. Looking at the
push board I'm guessing that the car slid to the right and broke
the board. By the mid 70's this became a rare event as chassis
builders made stouter push boards and racers paid more attention
to the line-up of the push board. Fortunately no one was seriously
injured in one of these fiascos.
It wasn't limited to
the fuel cars.
Dennis Baca and James
Warren match race at Fremont in 1975.