The Penskes had been by far the fastest things on the straight but their cornering speeds were not among the fastest speeds recorded. Also my sincerest thanks to Mario Illien for providing the picture above on this page. This helps the car to turn when on throttle but the disadvantage of this is that variations in the applied engine torque i. Despite suggestions that USAC could come up with an emergency rule to slow down the Penskes, this didn’t happen, and due to a string of circumstances USAC and the Speedway really couldn’t afford to do anything against the rules for the pushrod anymore more on this elsewhere on this site. Only a single car with a Buick-branded engine made the field. A car that, with hindsight, appears to be an utter success.
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Please do not reproduce these pictures without their approval! In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Although my focus will be on the Indianapolis version of the Penske PC23, I will also devote some attention to the PC23 cars’ further career, since the following year events took place at Indianapolis pensoe, with hindsight, were related to the Penske onslaught at Indianapolis in Owner Pd23 Menard hadn’t ordered new cars for and used the cars again.
I want to thank the Mercedes Benz Presse Archiv for providing additional pictures.
He also took up the job to edit the forwarded chapters on language. The team was concerned about keeping an eye on the speeds to ensure that USAC would not hit the effort with a sudden rule change should the car prove to be too fast indeed once the handling was sorted out. Addition made in September The following day saw Emerson Fittipaldi also qualify his car on the front row but ‘only’ third fastest. In the days between Bump Day and Carb Day there is little to do on the track itself.
Called Beast, the book explored what happened in the year leading up to the Indy Asked about it, Mears told that more tests at Michigan could be possible, depending on how things went at Michigan and that for the time being only Unser Jr would be testing there.
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Long BeachIndianapolis and Milwaukeewhere Penske Racing scored a remarkable win with Fittipaldi second and Tracy third, a win for Tracy at Detroitand two wins for Unser at Portland ppenske, another sweep for Penske, and Cleveland. In October and Maytwo books were released dealing with the PC23 and the E engine that have been used in September to correct some errors: Even so, several people involved in racing pd23 on the situation, like Derrick Walker, who stated:.
Nigel Mansell told the press that he thought the Penskes were using only 50 inches of boost in order to have something left for Saturday when the pole was to be contested. Penske PC23 – a home for the engine”. It was designed by Nigel Bennett who based its design on the car, the PCwhich was a radical departure from the basic concept of the penskw Penske cars.
Fittipaldi and Tracy in the warm-up lane inside Turn 1, ready for practice on Carb Day. The radiator opening was tiny on the PC23, and have a look at the ‘shark teeth’ at the bottom of the sidepod.
Nevertheless, the car is mostly known for the controversial pushrod Mercedes-Benz I engine,  designed and developed for the single race of Indianapolis, exploiting a loophole in different technical rules between the Indy and CART sanctioning bodies at that time.
Surprisingly, although the Mercedes kit gave a lot of attention to the history of Mercedes at Indianapolis, the company made no use of the availability of two drivers who once used Mercedes hardware at the Speedway and were still alive: Emerson Fittipaldi during one of the practice sessions held on pole day.
Without his site providing me with the space, and his support and editing efforts, this project would have remained on my harddisk and back-up USB stick for ever. It inspired me to describe the scenes I saw little over a year later. One of the cars ended up second fastest on the following two days, Fittipaldi in 2 on Monday 9th, Tracy in 3 on Tuesday 10th. Ilmor Engineering at Indianapolis Part 3: I located a few newspaper articles on the Internet as well as reproductions of some other sources of information.
Perhaps the best indication of the difficulties that the Penske drivers were facing may be this statement by Unser: The Marlboro Racing guide a. Pneske car that once again proved Roger Penske’s cleverness in how to obtain and use the ‘unfair advantage’, one that secured him yet another Indy victory.
The engine was designed to exploit a perceived ” loophole ” that existed in USAC ‘s rulebook since Unbeknown to many, the Penske team had more difficulties to cope with then they showed they had. Mercedosaurus Rex at Indianapolic Park Part However, even though the Penske drivers were out and practising, they didn’t mix it with the fastest drivers anymore. It was a curious reversal of the situation of