|From Tom Piantanida: "There is
an interesting story about how I got into the pits and paddock at
this event. It was the first professional event at the then
new Texas track, so I figured they wouldn't have security figured
out. I was right; I got into the track on the first practice day
by flashing a PCA (Porsche Club of America) card that I borrowed
from another graduate student where I was attending school.
(I've never owned a Porsche.)
On practice day, I hung out at one of
the manufacturer's tents, and wrangled a manufacturer's rep pass (#42).
On race day, I got to the gate and flashed my #42 pass, and was told by
the guard that manufacturer's rep passes weren't good on race day.
I raised my voice and told him that I was from Kelsey-Hayes and that if
he didn't let me in, there would be a lot of race cars running on unbalanced
wheels. He let me in."