Originally posted by ensign14
Funny thing is Bedard qualified twice for the 500. There were a few professionals at the Speedway those years - people like Giacomelli - who did not.
If my memory serves me well, Bruno was entered in a car called Theodore (Teddy Yip involvement), a one-off privateer effort. In a period when anything else but a March or a Lola became a rarity, even more if it was any good at all and good enough to qualify for the race. Even the Wildcat's and Penskes of that era were mediocre, if not lousy.
Some professionals were entered in third level cars so don't be too hard on Bruno on this one. He was very unlucky in his career once fired by Alfa Romeo. Ending up in the Life-Life W12 for example, how lucky can you be?
Originally posted by Trackdog
Novi Ferguson 4WD
[660 hp] 153 6.47 194 152.5
The Lotus was running on gasoline, and the others on alcohol. Note how much faster the Novi was on the straight, and how much slower it was in the turns, even with 4WD.
Corner speeds were also dependent on the mass of the car. The Ferguson-Novi is quoted as weighing about 2000 pounds, race ready. But I spoke a mechanic on the team who told me that on one occasion when the team was going to weight the car: every mechanic was send out of the team garage because the Granatelli's didn't want the real weight to be reveiled! Andy Granatelli said it to me when we talked about the car: "A tank! A tank! I had ordered a race car and they built me a tank!"
Nevertheless, Duane Carter reallly liked the car and had been willing to drive it had a deal been possible.
But with respect to the Ferguson and its role within the 1964 crash: Ronnie Duman problaby owes his life to the Ferguson being so heavy. That helped him to have his own car pushed out of the mess by the Novi.
The Novi killed Hepburn and Miller, on the flipside, it likely saved Duman....