Iinside Indy:/I Unser Deal Undone
May 10, 2001 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Johnny Unser was listed as the driver of Joe Truscelli’s unsponsored Dallara-Aurora.
Unser, the son of the late Jerry Unser, didn’t make an appearance in the first four days of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week. On Thursday afternoon he revealed why.
"Joe Truscelli and I had an agreement and we tried to get sponsorship together but that hasn’t happened," Unser explained. "I certainly wish I was in a car right now, but I hope that will happen in a little bit."
Unser went on to say that he is talking with teams about driving a backup car.
Teams with backup or extra cars available include Hemelgarn Racing, who Unser drove for in 1999 at Indy, Kelley Racing, Team Menard and Dick Simon Racing. With Jack Miller announcing he would not try to qualify for the Indy 500 this year, Cahill Racing also has a primary and backup car available.
Goodyear Gets a Sponsor: Cheever Indy Racing announced Wednesday that Thremos Grill2Go will be featured on Scott Goodyear’s No. 52 Dallara-Infiniti in the Indy 500.
Goodyear’s car had previously had no primary sponsor.
"Char-Broil has been interested in getting involved with motorsports for a number of years," said Tim Horne, chief executive officer of Char-Broil, the company that makes the Thermos Grill2Go. "With Thermos Grill2Go and the opportunity to support the Cheever Indy Racing team at the Indy 500, Char-Broil saw this as an excellent vehicle to support its leading position in the outdoor grill industry.
"Auto racing and tailgating go hand-in-hand, and Thermos Grill2Go is a product that helps bring these two American pastimes together."
Goodyear was relieved to finally have the search for a primary sponsor come to an end.
"I'm very excited and pleased that Thermos Grill2Go has joined us for the world's biggest motor race, the Indianapolis 500," said Goodyear, a two-time Indy 500 runner-up. "My family and I will certainly have use for a product like this, as will the numerous fans who watch our sport across North America."
Day Off: Don’t look for Kelley Racing atop the speed chart on Thursday.
The team is taking the day off after posting the fastest practice lap Tuesday with Mark Dismore and Wednesday with Scott Sharp.
The team plans on returning to the track Friday.