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Aug 17, 2001

Chris Ulrich Stranded In Texas: Another Example Of A Racer's Glamorous Life

Travelers northbound on Highway 287 between Amarillo and Dumas, Texas can wave to roadracingworld.com's Chris Ulrich.

Ulrich is stranded in his Dodge Ram 3500 turbo-diesel/trailer rig, 22 miles south of Dumas, with a broken throttle rod. Prior to encountering the problem, Ulrich was en-route to an MRA road race at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

The Dodge dealership in Dumas does not have the rod in stock, although they were willing to deliver it if it was in stock. Texas Dodge in Amarillo has the rod in stock but Ulrich had no way to retrieve it prior to the parts department closing.

At post time, Ulrich was attempting to use hose clamps and safety wire to rig a makeshift throttle linkage.

Meanwhile, Ulrich's garage at PPIR sits empty, about 300 miles away, awaiting his arrival.