"Again, finances proved too much, and the New Jersey race has yet to run its first race. Ecclestone has repeatedly said he wants the event to go off, emphasizing again by phone today his desire 'to see if we can make that happen.'"
"After Brazil they asked me to do the whole season and to sign immediately. They called many times, Mr Minardi. Mr Rumi (the owner of Fondmetal, co-owner of the team) called many times and Prost said, ‘No, no, you don’t drive with them. Next year you are with me’."
The first race of what was called the Indy Racing League was held 20 years ago today in the aftermath of the split from the CART series. Buzz Calkins won at Walt Disney World, which closed in August last year. Ex-F1 drivers Michele Alboreto and Eddie Cheever finished fourth and tenth respectively.
Watch the race in full via IndyCar’s YouTube channel: