Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 8, 1974, Page 162

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa .•:*> Meet the Preps Tight Money, Inflation Hurt Racing, Too \r,. ®P dfark Oydi>n    ^ Pick Waverly, Decorah II isn t entirely reflected in the list of lettermen, hut coaches in the Northeast Iowa conference have tabbed Wav-erly-Shell Rock and Decorah as the teams to beat in the 1974-75 basketball race, which j?ot underway last week All league teams have now agreed to field girls basketball teams, but there will be no conference girls race until the 1975-76 season Decorah’s Rick Raasch has only two veterans returning. but one is 6-5 senior Al Teetshorn The other is a six foot senior. Phil Flanger. The Vikings were 18-5 a year ago and Rassch has a career 10-year coaching record of 126 wins against only 79 defeats Had Bergman, a 16-year (‘•aching veteran, has four relining vets at Waverly, hat he doesn’t have the size t« match Decorah His lettermen are Jay Dana. 5-11; Brad Johnson, 6-1; Mike Lynn. 6-2. and Steve ( arson. 5 16 Wayne Sawyer at Waukon may have trouble improving on his 13-6 record of last season. although Waukon was 12-9 on the season and Sawyer has an impressive 145-132 career mark He has only three lettermen back -6-2 Jim Handke. 5-8 Bob Smtker and 5-11 Scott Ryan. Jack Darland’s Crestwood squad could pull a few surprises before the season is over. He has six lettermen, including Arden Keune and Zane Blessum The others are Pat Darland. 5-8; Bob Klingle. 5-11. six foot Jeff Van Dyke, and 6-1 Dave Ihns. a junior New Hamptons Ross Barney and Pete Hill at Charles City may have their problems Russ has no returning veterans and Hill has only two One.however, is 6-4 Bill Schmarzo Al Marshall has problems at Aquin of Cascade He had only two returning veterans, One is 6-2 Tom Gleason, who averaged 85 points a year ago The other is 6-2 Jim Noonan, who had a 7 8 average. Jim Sinners at Bellevue Marquette is shy experience.too, but one of his returnees is 6-1 Mike Budde, who was all-conference a year ago The others are Jeff Theisen and 5*9 Sieverding. 5-11 Joel returning 6-5 senior 6-4 junior New Face There is a new face in the Eastern Iowa basketball league this winter, with Gilbertville Don Bosco replacing former Farley St Joseph s in the 6-team race But the switch in teams doesn’t figure to be a factor in the title race where the league s largest school. West Dubuque, is the title favorite after getting by one of its strongest challengers. Independence St.John's, last Friday. Veteran Bill Murphy has four lettermen back on his current club, but he is short on heighth The tallest returnees are 5-11 Larry O'Brien and Randy Miller The other returnees are 5-9 Paul Leonard and 5-Iii Tim Donnelly, and none of the squad s top ll are over the six butt mark Nine Will Enter Grid Hall of Fame NEW YORK (AP) - Former University of Michigan center Gerald R Ford will Im* in attendance Tuesday night when the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame holds its 17th annual banquet. President Ford, the 1972 recipient of the foundation’s Gold Medal, will watch as businessman Gerald B. /or-now, a star quarterback for the University of Rochester in the 193(ls. receives the Gold Medal, and comedian Bob Hope is presented with the Distinguished    American Award In addition, nine former players will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame electees are the late Harry Aggams of Boston university; Marchy Schwartz. Notre Dame; Mal Kutner, Texas; Barney Poole. Mississippi, North Carolina Pre-Flight and U S. Military Academy, the late Barton Kwh of Baylor; John Ferraro. University of Southern California; Jim Parker. Ohio State; Elroy Hirseh. Michigan and Wisconsin, and Billy Vessels, Oklahoma The Hall of Fame coach electee is Bill Murray of Delaware and Duke. Iowa Aide to Speak To Prairie Boosters Jay Robinson, assistant wrestling coach at Iowa and a mem Ivor of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team, will speak to the Prairie Batster club Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the high school gym. Also on tap is an exhibition by the girls gy mnastics team. Swim Clinic Set At Ellis Y Dec. I 8 The Ellis YMCA has slated a swimming clinic Wednesday, Dec, 18. from 4 p m. to 5; 30. Specific instruction will involve the YMCA levels TadjMile through Fish Contact Cindy Winkleman at 362-3176 for further instruction. By Blay* Britt CHARLOTTE, N C. (AP) -Having weathered an energy-plagued 1974 season with reasonably good results, auto racing is gearing up for another year with even more formidable road hazards ahead The problem is economics, and the outlook is less than g<MHt One professional series, the once rich and prestigious Can-Am circuit for high-powered sports-racing cars, has been cancelled Its demise had its roots in the economics of the day Another once popular series, the Trans-Am for Detroit muscle cars of the Corvette, Mustang and Carnaro ilk, but recently dominated by German Porsche imports, has been downgraded to the point it will become the preliminary race in weekend twin bills. Again, economics played a major role. The United States Auto Club. dogged by shortages of cars in many of its championship events for Indianapolis-type machinery this year. finds itself in a wrangle over economics — how best to cut the costs of racing. Not Enough Car owners in all circuits complain that purses haven’t kept pace with the upward spiral of building cars, maintaining them, and on-the-road expenses In other words, inflation. “We are faced with the same problems that affect other sports, tight money and inflation," said Bill France Jr., president of the financial-ly-solvent National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). “But you have to look ahead in this business." he said. “We already have put together a 30-race schedule for our Grand National series, and if we had the dates we could have gone much stronger.” The 1975 series guarantees a minimum of $2 9 million in prize money, exclusive of any accessory or championship point fund monies. The latter amounted this year to more than $300,000. “Like everybody else in the sport, our main problem is finding a way to keep our people — drivers, car owners and QUESTIONS ABOUT LOANS? WELL ANSWER THEM. (No names. No sales pitches.) Before you borrow, there may be questions weighing on your mind about payments, rates anything For quick, courteous answers call us today We won t ask. your name or talk shop unless you want us to Dial Finance We don't want you to like ui just for our money promoters —■ solvent in the face of continually rising costs of doing business," France said Unlike most major sports, auto racing still depends to a large extent on ticket sales to cover its purses. There is no big jackpot of television money going into the sport, and the small amount that does come in is shared alike by drivers and promoters Commercial sponsors help everybody — individual race teams, individual races and, in the east* of NASCAR, mil lions of promotional dollars And promotion, regardless of who pays the bills, sells tickets NASCAR tracks, backed by a tobacco company, did well at the gate this year-considering that the season started in January, square in the middle of the gasoline shortage But aside from NASCAR, the only other sanctioning ImmJv blessed with big promotional help was the fast-rising International Motor Sports Association (I MSA) and it. tin), shared in the tobacco company largesse With continued help already promised for next year, I MSA has announced a 15 race schedule for its Grand Touring and Baby Grand cars. More races will be added. 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PHONE 395 6213 ER EE PARKING LINDALE PLAZ A CEDAR RAPIDS, IO* \ The Can-Am series, which once paid almost $1 million yearly in prize and accessory money, fell to a combination of economies and differences over how to solve them Limit Engloes The sanctioning Sports ( ar Club of America (SCCA) announced at mid-year that 1975 Can-Am ears would Im* limited to engines of 5 liters (305 cubic inches) for stock blocks and 3 liters for purely racing powerplants. The thinking was that the smaller the engine, the cheaper the cost. Many ear owners, particularly Porsche boosters Peter Gregg and Roger Penske, wanted full blown engines —even the I.OOO horsepower turbocharged Porsohes fhat won the championship for Penske in 1972 and 1973 After much wrangling, the SCC A admitted its track promoters showed little confidence that the 5-liter and 3 liter formula would draw at the gate or attract enough ear builders to assure competitive fields Insiders say the SECA had been able to sell only thrw firm dates, with at least six needed for the series to survive. With the Can-Am gone and the Trans-Am downgraded SCC A plans to concentrate on its Formula 5000 series for open cockpit, open wheel ears thai utilize the 305 cubic inch Detroit stock engines. Seven races for the Formula 50(81 series already have been biMiked. and more should come from tracks shut out by demise of the Can-Am. (lab Racing The amateur-oriented SCC A also plans to concentrate more on its club racing activities, which had a banner 1974. and on rallies and other less ex-pensive activities LISAC is another agency in which there also is a heated division of minds over engine sizes and the economics involving them Big sponsor teams like those of Penske, Dan Gurney and Parnclli Jones, the 1963 Indianapolis winner. have lMien pushing for rules that would make stock blwk engines competitive with the standard turbo-charged Of-fenhausers now in vogue at Indianapolis Penske maintains that a race ready stock block engine of about 350 cubic inches could Im* built for Indianapolis and the other championship trail races for atMuit $10.(881 to $12.(881 The present Offys carry a price tag of dose to $35,OOO Penske already is in the stock blwk business because he operates cars on NASCAR s Grand National circuit with driver Bobby Allison. Jones also has had experience with stink blwks — his car won big in the Formula 5(88) series tins year with Mario Andretti. The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Son , Der. 8. 1474 7Q Iowa’s Olson at I Club Friday Iowa basketball coach Lute Olson will he the featured speaker at the Linn County I club’s noon luncheon Friday, Dec. 13 at the Montrose hotel The Hawkeye* host iowa State Dec. 12. An election of I club officers for 1975 will also take place. Invited guests will Include head coaches of the eight high school hoys’ basketball teams in the Cedar Rapids-Marion area. Women are welcome at the luncheon. Sports Slate Gurney also is a stock block pioneer. But backers of the (iffy foremat contend that they have enough engine and ear inventory on hand to carry on and that retooling for stock blocks would be financially burdensome. Nonetheless, USAC had trouble most of 1974 getting enough cars to fill designated lineup sjMits at its races and the lack of entries showed in sizeable drops in gate attendance late in the season In the scheme of things, NASCAR and IMSA thus appeared to Im* in better position to weather the economic road blwks ahead The fledgling ISSA, which has been cutting steadily into the SCCA’s road-racing territory, landed both of next year’s big endurance events — the 24 Hours of Daytona Feb 1-2 and the 12 Hours of Sebring March 22. As for NASCAR, prize money will lie increased all along the line and all of its showcase events are set to go, with the Grand National opener set for Riverside, Calif., Jan. 19 A purse of $275 (881 has been set for the Daytona 5(8) Feb. 16 and its two 125-mile qualifying races Feb 13 But the economic problem remains Only a very few teams anywhere in racing will have major commercial sponsors, and most of them, for the moment, are in NASCAR. 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