Other Designers, Other Racecars
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This is the Swift 010.c/Toyota driven by Richie Hearn. Swift
Technical Director Mark Handford eluded me during the Long Beach
weekend so I don't have a photo of him.
John Travis, ex-Lola designer, penned the Penske PC27B. Penske
Cars has let go most of the people working at their Poole, England
Travis makes notes on a clipboard as Penske temporary driver,
Tarso Marques, gets ready to get into the car. Marques, from
Curitiba, Brazil, qualified 19th more than two seconds off the
pace. He crashed and dropped out of the race after 61 laps. That's
not being critical. These cars are not easy to drive.
The Reynard 991 changed from the '98 car in small details
only, but remains a remarkable machine. The teams find it easy
to work on and it responds to setup changes predictably and consistently.
Barry Ward, on the right above talking with Julian Robertson,
is now the CART Chief Designer for Reynard. In the previous couple
of years he was responsible for gearbox design. Julian is Jimmy
The Lola B99/00 is performing well in the hands of Helio Castro-Neves
driving for Hogan racing. This car is Ilmor/Mercedes powered.
Iain Watt, on the left above, is Arciero-Wells Chief Engineer.
Ben Bowlby, in the distinctive Lola shirt, is the Chief Designer
at Lola. This is two of the best technical people in CART racing
and both are nice guys.