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May 19, 2001 | 6:00 P.M. EST
Following the crash Carlson was put on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield hospital and then transferred to Methodist for observation.
He was awake, alert and in stable condition when he was taken the hospital, Speedway officials said.
Carlson was 31st fastest overall in qualifying for the Indy 500, and is 32nd on the provisional starting lineup. He planned to participate in Bump Day Sunday with the Tri Star Motorsports backup car.
Wattles finished at Indy... this year
Don’t accuse Stan Wattles of not being able to take a hint.
After crashing twice last week and running 37th fastest on Saturday, the last day before Bump Day of the Indianapolis 500, Wattles announced he will not attempt to make the field for the May 27 race.
“The car just didn't feel right,” Wattles said. “It was extremely unstable, even with a lot of downforce and new tires. The front end felt strange through the corners and down the straightaway, and that's something that doesn't need to be explored the day before Bubble Day (final qualifications).”
Wattles hit the wall coming out of the first turn during practice on May 11. Two days later, on the first lap of a qualification attempt, he came low in turn one, spun 180 degrees and hit the wall again. Later that day in practice, teammate and former Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier spun Wattles' backup car into the wall.
“This was the most difficult decision that I've had to make in my racing career,” said Wattles, whose best finish in three previous starts at Indy was 17th in 1999. “After all, this is the Indy 500.'”
The No. 94 Hemelgarn Racing Dallara chassis will be taken to an outside company to see if the reason for the problem can be found. Once the results are known, Wattles will likely test the car again before the team makes a decision about the rest of the IRL season.
Guthrie doesn’t like his chances
Jim Guthrie is first up on Sunday’s Bump Day Qualifying, but even the three-time Indianapolis 500 veteran doesn’t like his chances.
After running 26th fastest at 217.312mph, Guthrie has little chance of making the May 27 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“(We’re) Done. Done,” Guthrie said. “The sponsorship potential is gone. We had to be in the show. We're only about $100,000 upside down and a totaled car. This is worse than a broken leg."
At least Guthrie isn’t overreacting.
Frustrated Gidley may be headed home
Memo Gidley, who is a fan favorite after last year’s memorable performance in practice at Indy, may be packing up too.
On Saturday, the California native couldn’t get his No. 61 Brayton Racing car above 211.768 mph, almost 11mph off the lowest qualified driver.
“We've had a problem the last few days with the car jumping out of fourth gear,” Gidley said. “Because of that problem we have overreved two motors. Last night, we thought we had fixed the problem, but we did it again this morning. We thought the motor was OK, but later we found out it wasn't. Basically, we've had several problems this month that have kept us off the track.”
Unlike his older colleagues, Gidley is still confident his team can make the race.
“Ovals are funny,” he said. “I've had cars that feel terrible then you make a change and all of a sudden you're as good as everyone else. We still have tomorrow. Who knows? We make the right change then we have a shot to get in. Right now anything can happen."