My thanks for an enjoyable article on the 1972 world driving champion, Emerson Fittipaldi. It started me thinking about the Lotus team as a whole. A check of the records revealed that Team Lotus has amassed five world titles in the last 10 seasons, and 39 championship victories in 109 events over the same period. How about a follow-up piece on the mastermind behind this truly excellent record, Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman, to name him in full. What I really would like, though, is to see a satellite telecast of every GP event like those lucky Brazilians do.
The first page of your article on Emerson Fittipaldi caused me considerable eyestrain. The problem was one of adjustment in trying to read the prose while seeing on the facing page, out of the corner of my left eye, a competitor oil company's trademark patch displayed on the world champion jacket.
Your fine photo of Fittipaldi was obviously taken at last year's U.S. Grand Prix when, in fact, another company was providing fuel for his racing team. Last year Emerson did not win the world drivers' championship. This year he did Last year he wore another oil company's patch on his sleeve. This year he is wearing a Texaco patch.
We at Texaco take great pride in the fact that Emerson Fittipaldi has won the Grand Prix world drivers' championship using Texaco's fuel and lubricants.
P. B. HICKS JR.
New York City
JAY TIME'S TEMPERATURE
I strongly disagree with Mr. John Hayes' comments concerning Jay Time's performance in The Little Brown Jug (This Strike Out Went Swish in the Jug, Oct. 2). He said: "All horses have high temperatures after a tough race in hot weather. I think that 27-second quarter is what finished him off. He had nothing left, and they just didn't want him to be humiliated again." Sure, all horses have high temperatures during competition, but Jay's temperature of 105.2� was much higher than it should have been, considering his average temperature is around 100�, I also feel fairly certain that Jay could handle a 27-second quarter as he has done countless 28s. Humiliation was not considered when the veterinarian and driver decided to scratch him. The horse had a definite recurrence of the illness that he had had the previous Sunday, Sept. 17. Hopefully, I have shed some light on a clearly one-sided story.
JAMES CHRISTIAN SHAW