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Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Mike Mosley, Domino's Pizza 500


Hank Ives
August 1983

Doug Walmisley, Kraco
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Hank Ives
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Mike Mosley and the Kraco Car Stereo Team are hoping that the Domino's Pizza 500 at Pocono International Raceway, Aug. 14, will be the tonic needed to restore the team to the thick of 1983 CART/PPG Indy-Car competition.

"I've had some pretty good races at Pocono," said Mosley.  "I like the track and I'm looking forward to running there."

Mosley has raced at the 2.5-mile tri-oval eight times since he first entered Indy Car racing in 1967.  Four times he finished among the top-ten and in 1976 he was second to Al Unser.

Last year Pocono was a shade on the frustrating side for the sturdy Fallbrook, Calif., veteran.  In just his third start for the Kraco team and their new March 82C, Mosley was running right with the leaders, after qualifying sixth.  Then exactly at the midway point, on the 100th lap, the engine blew.

The $1 million CART/PPG Indy Car World Series is still wide-open with five different winners in six races.  With at least 20 points going to the winner of this third-leg of the 500-milers, (Tom Sneva won at Indy and John Paul Jr. at Michigan) it appears the PPG Cup won't be decided until the final race at Phoenix.

Good racing luck is overdue the Kraco team.  At Atlanta, Mosley led the Kraco 200 for 35 laps and appeared to have the race in his pocket when the gearbox jammed on a routine pit stop.  At Indy he qualified second-fastest with a speed of 205.372 mph, but went out on the 169th lap after hitting the wall on turn one.  Then came an impressive fifth at the Milwaukee 150 and a fourth in the Cleveland 500K.

The 200-miler at Elkhart Lake, Wis. was a forgettable weekend, as Mosley went out on just the ninth lap after the motor caught fire.

"I smelled it burning after the pit stop on the yellow," noted Mosley, American auto racing's most recent millionaire.  "When it started getting hot I knew the electrical system would be damaged, so I decided to park it.  All in all, it wasn't a very good weekend for us.  Hopefully Pocono will be much better."

NOTE: Mosley's $20,680 earnings for his fourth-place finish at Cleveland boosted him over the $1 million mark in career earnings.  His total prior to the Domino's Pizza 500 is $1,024,689.  Only 29 American drivers have ever reached that magic figure headed by Richard Petty.

Mosley is currently 11th in the CART/PPG Indy Car World Series standings, with 22 points.

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