MAY 20, 1996
Teams consider refueling change
Intertechnique is offering teams a special self-sealing coupling, which will break in the event of a car leaving the pit with the hose still attached but will seal fuel on either side of the coupling. The part comes directly from the Airbus A340 and each one costs $6,000. It was offered to the teams originally but they decided against accepting it because it was adjudged to be too expensive. In a sport where a day of testing costs as much as $130,000 such penny-pinching seems out of place.