September 7, 2016
Stephen Cox Blog Presented by McGunegill Engine Performance
(Read Part 1 by clicking here) Ken Wallis was running out of time. Both of Carrol Shelby's turbine-powered cars were now at Indianapolis but they were nowhere near race-ready condition. His drivers, McLaren and Hulme, had only a six-day window before they returned to Europe for the Spanish Grand Prix.
In a desperate bid to make the cars competitive, Wallis used a liberal interpretation of USAC's rules to design a new annulus (the engine opening that fed air to the turbine). When measured by technical inspectors, the annulus was under the legal 16-inch limit. But at full throttle on the race track, a variable valve system opened to permit greater air flow into the turbine. At best, this was a careful translation of the rules. If they were caught there was no guarantee that USAC wouldn't immediately disqualify the Shelby/Wallis Turbines. Such a move would be an unmitigated disaster not only for the team principals, but also for Goodyear, their drivers and their sponsors.
STEALING THE 500: The Story of Carroll Shelby’s 1968 Turbine-Powered Indycar, Part 1 of 2
August 26, 2016
The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by McGunegill Engine Performance
PART 1 of 2
He wasn't the first to try, nor was he the last. Armed with a huge budget, a massive turbine engine and two of the finest drivers on the planet, in the spring of 1968 Carroll Shelby was ready to steal the Indianapolis 500.
Carroll Shelby’s Turbine: The Car That Was Supposed to Win Indy
The Botany 500 Shelby Turbine Indy Car is among auto racing's most famous near misses.
INDYCAR: The Series That Sold Its Soul
May 18, 2014
I grew up in Indianapolis and I live for the Indy 500. I’ve worked as a network announcer on the TV crew during the month of May. I’ve watched Indycar my whole life. But I have no idea how the pole position will be determined today.