Every year in the month of May, people from all over the world will gather to recognize a staple of America that rates as high as baseball and apple pie. The location will be Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the running of the famous Indy 500. As fans watch cars race at speeds well over 200 miles per hour, they will be yelling for favorite drivers and eating their hotdogs at the same time.
At every Indy 500 race, there is always excitement in each turn, and breathtaking moments in the straight-a-ways. What will be the huge news excitement in this year’s Indy 500? There surely will be some report of a fantastic pass, or fire-laden accident. Whatever it is, you can bet there will be some occurrence that enters the history books.
What moments do you recall from Indy 500 history? There are so many to remember, but here are some of the hugest heart-pumping moments of history from the Indy 500:
This race showed the spirit of sportsmanship that is seldom seen anymore. Al Unser Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi were racing for bragging rights to be the 73rd Indy 500 winner . Weaving through lapped cars, Unser had the lead with Fittipaldi coming on strong. Touching wheels, Unser hit the wall allowing Fittipaldi to breeze over the finish line. As Fittipaldi passed after the win, Unser Jr., in a perfect display of being a gentleman, gave Emerson a thumbs up for a great race.
In this race, the finish had the crowd on their feet. “Who won?” many asked. The dual between Rick Mears and Gordon Johncock came down to the finish line. The decision was for Johncock by .16 seconds.Hearts were thumping very hard at this historic finish.
In this very controversial Indy 500, the history isn’t so much on the winner, or the finish that removed the USAC from sanctioning the Indy 500. The winner was Arie Luyendyk. The heart-pumping moment came when the fans watched as Robby Gordon, immediately after a restart pulled down pit row and leaped from his car. Rolling in the grass, it became evident that he was engulfed in fire from the fuel. The flames from this high octane fuel are so intense, a person cannot see them with the naked eye. Robby had major burns, but the with his intensity for racing, he still wanted to drive.
These are just a few of the memorable heart-pumping moments in Indy 500 history. Every year, there is a moment or more that enters Indy 500 history. What type of moments will it be this year? What memories do you have of past Indy 500 races?
Get prepared for those famous words that come every year: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!