|This post gives me a chance to put up a picture posted before: Mario Andretti at Road America in the Newman-Haas|
Lola T-8700 in 1987. I saw Andretti race several times: in Formula 5000 at Mid-Ohio, and CART events at
Road America 1987-1994.
I found the Andretti interview less informative (and amusing) than the Jim Hall and Brian Redman interviews. Here's the link:
Perhaps because it was my first, the 1987 CART race at Road America was one of the most memorable for me. Views were unobstructed by catch-fencing. You could watch from anywhere on the "middle straight," and from the Billy Mitchell Bridge all the way back to the exit of The Kink. We had dinner at Siepken's Inn, with Andretti's team, Al Holbert's Porsche team, and other luminaries, at nearby tables.
The paddock was still grass. Many of the teams still hauled their race cars in enclosed gooseneck trailers towed by "dualie" pickups. They found a spot in the paddock, unrolled the awning from the trailer, and went to work on the car. I remember walking past Michael Andretti's blue and yellow Kraco Stereo entry, sitting on sawhorses next to a paddock lane, completely torn down between practice sessions, close enough to touch. I cherish these memories.
It was emblematic of Mario's Road America weekend in 1987 that his Lola sat, silent and unattended, under a cover, while the other crews beavered away at torn-down cars all over the paddock. He qualified on pole, led all laps, and won the race. Game, set, match.