Fontana 1998 - Saturday


Fernandez Crashes

Above is a composite photo of Adrian Fernandez's spin during qualifying where he bounces off the wall. Click to see the details on the larger image.

And to the right you can see the damage to the car.

13:31 and 15:00, both on Konica 200JX

Damaged Car
Mark Blundell

Mark Blundell chats with a female fan.

14:45 Konica 200JX

Bryan Herta caught signing autographs.

15:12 Konica 200JX

Bryan Herta
Christian Fittipaldi

Christian Fittipaldi meeting some fans.

16:18 Fujicolor A200

Caption Contest!

What is Mauricio Gugelmin saying to Jimmy Vasser to make him pull a face like that? Answers on an email to Best entries will be printed here!

16:18 Fujicolor A200

Mauricio and Jimmy
Robby Gordon

Robby Gordon signing autographs.

16:18 Fujicolor A200

Yet another in my series of "Drivers Sticking Their Tongues Out". Alex Zanardi obliges for the camera.

16:26 Fujicolor A200

Zanardi's Tongue
The Handford Device

He we see the Handford Device on Jimmy Vasser's spare car. Named after its designer, Swift technical director Mark Handford, it's a wing designed to produce significantly more drag and less down-force to slow speeds at the fastest tracks. It was introduced this season at the Michigan and Fontana two-mile ovals.

16:30 Fujicolor A200

Roberto Guerrero's True Value-STP/Granatelli March/Cosworth which placed second in the 1987 Indianapolis 500.

16:50 Fujicolor A200

Classic Indy Car
Rick Mears on the Track

Rick Mears, Grand Marshall for the event, driving the number 5 Pennzoil Z-7/Penske Penske/Chevy Indy V8 in which he won the 1988 Indianapolis 500.

16:53 Fujicolor A200

And here's Rick climbing out of the car.

16:58 Fujicolor A200

Rick Mears Climbs Out
Classic Indy Car

Danny Sullivan's 1985 Indy 500 winning Miller American/Penske

17:01 Fujicolor A200

On our way back through the paddock I had a look for Dayton Indy Lights car 17, driven by my namesake, Paul Jasper.

17:12 Fujicolor A200

Paul Jasper's Car
Paul Jasper with Paul Jasper's Car

We found it and took these shots. This was Paul's first Indy Lights race. In 1997 he ran six CART races for the Payton Coyne team. He spent 1998 working for the PacWest team as a development driver for the Champ car and coach to the Indy Lights drivers.

17:12 Konica 200JX

Then out of the nearby trailer stepped the driver. I introduced myself, much to Paul's amusement. He says the team gained some additional sponsorship from Hollywood Video at the end of the season, enabling them to run an Indy Lights car for him. He's hoping to be able to run a full season next year.

17:15 Konica 200JX

Paul Jasper and... Paul Jasper

Sunday at Fontana

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