… 30 Days in May … Day 8

Posted: May 13, 2018 in Uncategorized


 — Indianapolis 500 Insights

By: Jeff Majeske — Jeff’s Indy Talk

30 Days in MayDay 8

No. 8 — Tom Sneva – 1977 Norton Spirit McLaren/Cosworth

Sneva was the first to officially lap the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at over 200 mph, with a speed of 200.401 on the first lap of his qualifying run, then broke his record on the next lap at 200.535 mph.

The four-lap average of 198.884 mph fell a bit short of 200, but was more than enough for Sneva to secure the first of three poles at Indianapolis.

Interestingly, each time Sneva won the pole, he set the track record.

In 1977, Sneva was second to A.J. Foyt, who won his historic fourth 500.



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