Auto Racing – 1978 – Highlights – Indy 500 Time Trials – A J Foyt Waving Off His Start Controversy

Rain late in the day hampered the qualifying attempts at the 1978 Indy 500…..as the trip through the original qualifying line exhausted at 5 p.m…..and although Tom Sneva officially secured the pole position ….several drivers including Bobby Unser, A. J. Foyt and Pancho Carter, were unable to qualify during the pole round. At 5 p.m., the “third day” of…

Auto Racing – 1987 – CBSs Chris Economaki Sets The Stage For 1987 Running Of The Daytona 500

Chris Economaki (October 15, 1920 – September 28, 2012) was an American motor sports commentator, pit road reporter and journalist…..who was given the title “The Dean of American Motorsports Journalism.”……as Microsoft chose Economaki to author the auto racing history portion of its Encarta Encyclopedia.  At CBS Sports, he covered International Race of Champions (IROC) events, Daytona 500’s (as seen in this video herewith) and Formula…

Auto Racing – 1979 – Indy 500 Trials – Chris Economaki Interviews Bill Alsup On Car Disqualification

In this interview between ABC Sports roving reporter Chris Economaki and Penske car # 66 driver Bill Alsup at the 1979 Indy 500 Time Trials came about afterr Alsup had qualified for the big race….while becoming the 1st driver from the State of Vermont to ever qualify for the Indy 500…..only to be disqualified for the engine…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Twin 125 Qualifier – Chris Economacki Interviews Ken Schrader + Bill Elliott

This video seen herewith is the only time we at ImaSportsphile have ever seen a professional auto race that ended in a photo-finish….as Ken Schrader won the 1987 Twin 125 Qualifier 1st race by “the hair of his chinny chin chin” over Bill Elliott…..who was the eventual pole setter at the 1987 Daytona 500…..as CBS Sports…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Twin 125 Qualifiers At Daytona Speedway – With Ken Squires + Chris Economaki

The Twin 125 Qualifiers are a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series preliminary event to the Daytona 500 held annually in February at Daytona International Speedway….which consists of two 150-mile (240 km) races….where both serve as a qualifying race for the Daytona 500. The finishing order in the two 150-mile (240 km) races….held on the Thursday before the Daytona 500….determine the starting lineup for the…

Specials – 1978 – Indy 500 Time Trial Rain Delays + Replay Steve Cauthen On Affirmed Preakness Win

This 1978 episode of ABC’s Wide World of Sports focuses on the 1978 Indy 500 time trials with ABC’s Chris Economacki interviewing several drivers regarding the rain delay that has put back qualifying for the big race at least for the day…..as well as a Howard Cosell and Eddie Arcaro interview of jockey Steve Cauthen….who had…

Auto Racing – 1980 – Jackie Stewart + Chris Economaki Commentary + Highlights Indy 500 Time Trials

DOG ASIDE: Christopher “Chris” Constantine Economaki (October 15, 1920 – September 28, 2012) was an American motorsports commentator, pit road reporter and journalist….who was given the title “The Dean of American Motorsports Journalism.”….to which Microsoft chose Economaki to author the auto racing history portion of its Encarta Encyclopedia.  Economaki began as track announcer at a number of major races in the 1940’s and…