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Friday, April 20, 2007
Clemens to serve as grand marshal for Houston GP

Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Roger Clemens squeezed into the go-kart affixed with the No. 22 on the front, pulled down the visor on his helmet and sped away.

The Rocket screeched and spun around the miniature track at Reliant Stadium on Thursday with Mike Capel, his former college teammate at Texas.

Clemens will be the grand marshal for Sunday's Champ Car Grand Prix of Houston. First, he'll compete in a charity go-kart race on Saturday and based on his trial runs, he doesn't like his chances.

"I'm just glad my kids aren't here to make me look bad," Clemens said, sweat-drenched, after skidding to a stop.

Clemens has said he'll decide in May if he'll return for a 23rd season. The seven-time Cy Young winner says he'll choose between his hometown Houston Astros, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.

He was still wavering this week.

"There are weeks that go by when I feel like I can no longer do it," he said, "and then a couple days later I go out and throw batting practice and my body feels good."

He was more concerned on Thursday with outracing Capel, who lives in Katy and remains one of Clemens' closest friends. Capel edged Clemens on their first practice run, but Clemens got him in the rematch.

"It's not fun when someone passes you and they're smiling," Clemens said.