May 31, 1993 |
Wily old Emerson Fittipaldi knew he had a rookie in his sights--even if it was Nigel Mansell, the 1992 world Formula One champion--when it came time for a crucial restart Sunday in the Indianapolis 500. Mansell appeared to be on his way to a stunning victory in the first oval race of his career when he took the lead from teammate Mario Andretti with 25 laps remaining and kept Fittipaldi and pole-sitter Arie Luyendyk at bay until Lyn St. James' car stalled at the pit entrance.
April 14, 1986 |
Michael Andretti, outdueling Al Unser Jr. in a battle of second-generation drivers, earned his first Indy-car victory Sunday in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. That kept the race through the streets of downtown Long Beach in the family since Michael's father, Mario Andretti, had won both previous CART-PPG Indy-car series races on this circuit. The 23-year-old Michael Andretti, making both fuel stops earlier than his top competitors, managed to run the final 40 laps around the 1.
May 20, 1995 |
Al Unser Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi won the last two Indianapolis 500s. They also won the last two Indy car races this season, Unser at Long Beach and Fittipaldi at Nazareth, Pa. One thing they haven't done yet is qualify for the 79th Indianapolis 500 on May 28, a frustrating circumstance they hope to change today when time trials resume. The two Penske drivers are expected to have a new look, however.
July 20, 1987 |
Emerson Fittipaldi was coasting toward a second straight victory when he got snarled in rush-hour traffic. Fittipaldi, slowed by two cars that were out of the running, survived a collision with charging Danny Sullivan Sunday to win the Molson Indy-car race at Toronto. "I think it was the fault of the traffic," Fittipaldi said after beating Sullivan by 8.35 seconds.
May 31, 1988 |
Roger Penske chose to count his blessings, and his winnings, here Monday rather than make an issue of the disputed second-place finish in Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Penske's three-car team dominated the race, leading for 192 of the 200 laps and winning it for the second straight year. Rick Mears succeeded teammate Al Unser as champion in winning for the third time. Unser, himself a four-time winner, finished third.
June 17, 1991 |
The constant was Bobby Rahal, second for the fourth time this season. The variable was Emerson Fittipaldi, whose victory Sunday in the Detroit Grand Prix made him the sixth CART Indy car winner in as many races this year. Fittipaldi held off Rahal during the final dozen laps driving virtually one-handed, after a 50-minute delay caused by a bizarre incident involving Mario Andretti and his son Michael and a safety truck that caused a stoppage of nearly an hour.
July 6, 1987 |
Emerson Fittipaldi had a strange sensation as he drove toward victory. The 40-year-old Brazilian won Sunday's Cleveland Grand Prix Indy-car race by a comfortable 11.63 seconds over the Bobby Rahal, but for a while he didn't know if he could make it. "It was one of the longest laps of my life," Fittipaldi said of the last of the 80 laps. "The last five laps, my fuel light was flashing. I knew we were marginal, so I was trying to save on fuel by changing gears early and braking early.
January 4, 1990 |
Emerson Fittipaldi, driver of the year, and 11 other members of the 1989 Auto Racing All-American team will be honored Saturday night at the annual banquet of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Assn. at the Airport Marriott. Fittipaldi, the veteran Brazilian who came out of retirement after winning two world Formula One championships to race on the American Indy Car circuit in 1984, won the Indianapolis 500 and the CART/PPG Indy Car championship.
May 21, 1995 |
The third day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 came and went Saturday, and there are still no Penske cars in the field. Al Unser Jr., defending Indy champion, tried twice and came up short. Emerson Fittipaldi, his teammate and twice a winner of the 500, tried once and ran what seemed to be a competitive speed only to have it waved off by Roger Penske. Five drivers, including Lyn St. James, qualified to bring the field for next Sunday's race to 30.
May 23, 1995 |
Al Unser Jr. said it all without speaking: The defending Indianapolis 500 winner, after failing to qualify for this year's race, walked from his car looking stunned and holding his head with his right hand. His corporate sponsors probably had the same reaction.