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Auto Speeds / Memorial Weekend Traffic / Indy 500 #54032

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 26, 1978
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(Studio) Preparations by state troopers across country to enforce 55 m.p.h. speed law on Memorial Day wkend., in attempt to keep traffic deaths down, noted. Pressure from some at Indianapolis 500 to lower racetrack speeds reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Indianapolis, IN) Tom Sneva's capture of pole position in Sunday's Indy 500 by going over 200 m.p.h. in time trials noted. Sneva's view that it may be time to slow down stated. [SNEVA - doesn't think drivers need to go that fast to put on good show. Cites dangers in driving so fast in race.] Pleas to slow racing cars, after crashes such as those involving Sneva, in 1975 Indy 500, and other drivers, in accidents prior to and during 1973 race, stated. USAC efforts to slow things down by imposing new rules examined; response of car owners, to make cars go faster anyway, described. [Car owner Roger PENSKE - cites opposition to slowing cars down.] USAC intentions to study slowing down cars, possibly by 1979, noted.
REPORTER: Richard Mayk

Mayk, Richard;
Reasoner, Harry

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