Suppose you drive for SuperTex and you find yourself fatigued after driving for only a fraction of the race. Do you keep going until you finally lose control, or do you park the car, admit your shortcomings, and suffer the wrath of AJ Foyt?
Darren Manning chose the latter.
The initial start didn’t go well as he lost two positions but then gained them back and then some in the next couple laps. However by lap 15 he’d lost them again. I asked him what was wrong and he radioed in that he was ‘knackered already’ from the steering being too heavy.In the article AJ goes on to say the problem may have been due to seat positioning, but it probably didn’t help Manning’s case that while he was retiring from the race Foyt’s grandson was driving his tail off to a Top 5 finish with a huge blister on his hand. In case you are interested, physically fit(ter) drivers can take a chance by sending resumes to:
He hung on until the first pit stop around lap 39 and we made an adjustment with the front wing but there wasn’t any way to really correct the problem without taking it back to the garage. After 95 laps he parked it. I was not happy. I said some things in anger about his fitness but looking back, something else was going on.
(MORE from Foyt Racing)
19480 Stokes Road
Waller, TX 77484
(Thanks to reader J E Clerk for the link)