Things are getting worse in the struggle between CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) and USAC (U..s Auto Club) to control Indianapolis-type car racing. CART, not USAC, will run the Labor Day 500-miler at Ontario, Calif., and will have a road race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Aug. 5.
This leaves the older USAC with just two races on its schedule while CART now has five, three of which its members promote. Ontario will be an "open" race since CART cannot provide a 33-car starting field. USAC hasn't decided whether or not to allow its members to race. Where USAC staged a 500-miler at Pocono, Pa., last month, it had only 25 starters.
USAC had run Ontario's previous nine 500-milers, sticking with the track in spite of its serious financial problems. But, it now has only one start driver, A. J. Foyt. CART has all the rest and big names draw best, Ontario believes.
There's no car shortage for the Saturday night races at Dorsey (Md.) Speed-way. Promoter Lorraine Flannery had to lock the pit gates there recently when more than 130 cars showed up to compete over the quarter-line dirt oval figure-eight course.
The World of Outlaws sprint cars make two Pennyslvania stops this week. The open-wheeled racers are at Williams Grove Friday night and Selinsgrove Saturday night.
The term "outlaw" was first used a half-century agot to describe drivers not competing in America Automobile Association races when it was the supreme U.S. racing club.
It could never happen here. Barry Lee of England, defending "world" stock car champion, hasn't raced in more than six weeks. He's taken the time off from his racing schedule just to sort out a new Opel Kadett sedan. It handles fine but is too underpowered even for the tiny tracks over which Lee races.
British pride is suffering in this year's Grand Prix road races. Only one Briton, Norther Ireland's John Watson, was on the grid for the British Grand Prix. Drivers from 16 other nations filled the other 23 places in the field.
When Jean-Pierre Jabouille won the recent French Grand Prix, it was his first Grand Prix win and the first time a French driver in a French car had won the classic. It was also the first time any car exceptone with a conventional carburetor had won a modern Grand Prix. His mount was a turbocharged Renault with a 91-cubic-inch engine compared with the 183-cubic-inch Cosworth-fords favoured by almost every other team.