Dallas was a hot city in the 1980s.
The oil industry and growing technology industry had found a home in the state of Texas.
The city of Dallas was known around the world as a glossy soap capital thanks to the Dallas television series.
As with the just-released Miami race, Dallas was full of money and glamor.
No wonder the F1 bosses wanted a race for the city.
The U.S. market is an eternal lure for a very European species.
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The enthusiasm to get the North Americans to ignite the European series was so intense that three events were pounded in four weeks - common now, very rare at the time.
The Montreal, Detroit and Dallas races were run at a brisk pace on the new continent.
According to the organizers, the race was to be the first in a long, new tradition.
And unlike many previous U.S. stops, Dallas also had enough interest.
The most expensive fence sites were reportedly sold for about $ 20,000.
The race stands had 90,000 spectators
The timing was a huge problem.
July in Texas is one of the hottest places on earth, and on race weekend the thermometer danced on the roads at 40 degrees Celsius - the spooky heat not only sitting in the auditorium but above all in the cockpit of the F1 outing.
The bosses of the International Automobile Federation Fia could have foreseen problems as the rules of the F1 series were harshly flexible for the Dallas race.
Fia’s normal rule was that the race organizer had to demonstrate the functionality of the track and conditions by first organizing a smaller motorsport event.
This was not the case with Dallas.
As was the case, for example, with the Las Vegas race - which also has good Finnish memories - Dallas was able to hold the F1 race in the cold.
Keke Rosberg won five F1 races in his career. Photo: Philippe Bouchon / AFP
Finland's F1 star, Keijo “Keke” Rosberg, who just sealed his world championship in Las Vegas in 1982, summed it up in an icy way.
- Of course, such a race should not be organized in this way, just from that.
The fact is, we’re all just whores, aren’t we?
If the money is right, we'll go anywhere and take care of things ..., Williams' Rosberg downloaded Motor Sport Magazine at the time.
The local press did not like the constant criticism of European F1 drivers about the Dallas race.
Early media reports are blaming drivers for the conditions, the weather and the track.
The F1 crowd was branded as nods.
“Non-engines howl in the formula together,” the local Dallas Morning Herald wrote.
However, the drivers' complaints proved to be justified.
The ramparts that lined the street track felt no mercy: 18 of the 26 drivers who started the race had to be suspended, 14 of them for colliding with the track.
Often the culprit was the miserable condition of the road.
According to the Dallas Morning News, building the track cost $ 2.5 million and was expected to be a long-term investment.
It happened differently.
Significant problems were already seen in the time trial, but later on Saturday a real problem arose.
Although the road surface began to crumble in the handling of F1 cars, the organizers still decided to stick to a pre-planned side race, the 50-lap Can-Am race.
The organizers patched the detached track surfaces with epoxy cement.
Sports cars tore the surface of the Dallas track into unserviceable condition.
The drivers, led by McLaren’s Niki Lauda, went so hot on Sunday that the entire race was in danger of being canceled.
The always pragmatic Keke aptly summed up the drivers' moods again.
- We don't want to break our bones.
It’s crazy to run a race, but 28 countries are waiting for a TV broadcast and there are 90,000 fans here.
We have to sacrifice.
But where is the people of the excellent Fia always?
Not here, because it's too hot for them here ..., Rosberg downloaded according to Autosport.
- After all, this is all shit, right?
And it makes no sense to blame anyone in Dallas.
We should not be here in the first place - the rules should not have been flexible.
If the Can-Am race had been run three months ago, we wouldn’t be in trouble now.
Such things shake the reputation of the series, let’s be honest now.
Running a race is the best way to show decision makers what kind of idiots they are.
The daytime temperature was over 40 degrees Celsius and the track surface temperature was over 60, although the race was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. local time.
Rosberg’s teammate Jacques Laffite arrived at the race site wearing pajamas and having fun.
The competition demanded its taxes. Ayrton Senna, who had been at the beginning of his career and was driving a modest Toleman car, collided with a “moving” track. Senna was known for her colorful views of her accidents - the fault was rarely her. The “moving” wall might have been true. The temporary concrete ramparts had shifted subtly as a result of a crash that had occurred earlier in the race. The wall was not where Senna expected it to be and hit.
- That concrete part weighed in a ton, so I was really skeptical.
But Ayrton was so emphatic in his speeches that I checked the matter after the race.
And when I saw the wall, it really had moved, about four miles.
In other words, it was no longer in line with other concrete blocks.
That’s when I realized how accurate and precise he really was, Senna’s then race engineer Pat Symonds later told Motorsport.
Keke Rosberg on the move in the 1984 season. Photo: Jorma Puusa / Lehtikuva
One car after another stopped.
Ferrari cannon Rene Arnoux drove quite a second from the tail.
But the hero of the day was Rosberg, for whom difficult street track races were a specialty.
Where McLaren's Alain Prost, who was ahead of Rosberg, was struggling, the Finn held his own.
Rosberg overtook Nigel Mansell, who led the race, despite a harsh British hurdle.
Mansell was destined for a gearbox failure that went fatal in the final round.
The Briton served a memorable - and frightening - moment as he tried to push his Lotus over the finish line, fainting in the toast on the road surface.
Prost once again passed Rosberg, but the Frenchman mumbled and also fell victim to a ruthless track ramp.
Keke, on the other hand, controlled his car as well as his nerves and reached the top podium to celebrate with Dallas star Linda Gray aka Sue Ellen.
One jippo Rosberg had at his disposal, which the majority of the others did not have.
Williams heeded the trick of Nascar drivers wearing a cold-water-cooled underwear inside his helmet.
The other stables didn’t swell like that, so it was literally easier for Rosberg to keep his head cold, where the others succumbed to mistakes.
Today’s race pace suited Keke - it would have been hard for him to keep up with the race pace if the track had been in first class condition.
But it wasn’t, and Keke took everything out of the situation.
God, how tough a guy he is, right?
That was an amazing accomplishment, glowed commentator and former F1 driver John Watson.
The Fallas race in Dallas did not become a tradition, but the 1984 race remained the only one of its kind.
There was only one race in the US in 1985, and that in Detroit too.
Rosberg started his career in 114 F1 races with cars from Theodore, ATS, Wolf, Fittipald, Williams and McLaren.
There were five wins.
The Finnish championship was celebrated by a Finn in 1982. His career ended after the 1986 season.