I’ve been out of commission for a week due to a minor leg issue. I’m back to full strength, and I will be returning to work next week. I’m looking forward to it, and we have a couple of things to discuss.
I recently purchased a collection of stuff from the late Phil LePan. Phil LePan was a long time IndyCar crew member from the late 1970’s to the 2000’s. He had worked for many of the great teams in the course of his career. In 1995, he got his only start as a crew chief, this one at the 1995 Indianapolis 500 as crew chief for Teo Fabi for Forsythe Racing’s #33 Ford Cosworth XB. They started 15th and finished 8th. LePan wore this crew chief suit and kept a number of items from that race. The suit shows some light wear, and the rest of the items show wear as well. This is a single-layer suit.The front collar shows a Combustion Engineering logo on the Velcro closure.
The right sleeve has a BOSCH SPARK PLUGS logo, but no logos in television position. In-car cameras at that time were not as widespread as they are today, so little consideration was given to logo design on sleeves in IndyCar at that time. Like the right shoulder, the left shoulder epaulet has a GOODYEAR logo embroidered in white lettering on a red background.
LePan was issued this pit badge to allow access to Gasoline Alley. It came in a Forsythe Racing neck holder, which also has a Forsythe Racing pin. The pit badge is a bronze badge, with a Corvette design.
For this tailgate time, we’re going super exotic. On a whim, I purchased some canned bear meat from Hokkaido Japan. It came in what was termed “extremely spicy” curry sauce. So I got the can, mixed it with some rice, and had it for dinner on Monday. I have to say, it was really good. It can work at a tailgate, as long as some rice has been pre-made. Mix it with the rice, and it works. It wasn’t as spicy as I thought. So next time you go to the track, bring the bear with you!