Archive for May 15, 2018

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Indianapolis 500 Insights

By: Jeff Majeske — Jeff’s Indy Talk

30 Days in MayDay 11

No. 11 Mario Andretti – 1973 Viceroy Parnelli/Offy

When Mario Andretti joined Al  Unser and Joe Leonard at Vel’s Parnelli Jones for the 1972 season, it was expected this “Super Team” would dominate the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar circuit.

As it turned out, these years were not a lot of fun for Andretti.

In 1973 he started a strong 6th, but retired after four laps with a broken piston to finish 30th.

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Mike 1991

Indianapolis 500 Insights

By: Jeff Majeske — Jeff’s Indy Talk

30 Days in MayDay 10

No. 10 — Michael Andretti – Kmart-Havoline Lola/Chevrolet

What’s May without an Andretti “almost”?

This was the closest Michael came to winning the Indianapolis 500, finishing second to Rick Mears after a breathtaking duel in the late stages.

In his Indianapolis 500 career, Michael Andretti led 431 laps, 0 wins.

Rick Mears led 429 laps at Indy, 4 wins.

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Indianapolis 500 Insights

By: Jeff Majeske — Jeff’s Indy Talk

30 Days in MayDay 9

No. 9 — Sam Sessions – 1973 M.V.S. Eagle/Foyt

Sessions joined the M.V.S. team after an excellent 1972 season that saw him win the USAC sprint car title, finish fourth in the Indianapolis 500 and ninth in the Championship (IndyCar) points standings.

M.V.S. represented the initials of the last names of the three partners – Stan Malless, Bob Voigt and Dick Sommers.

Sessions squeezed in the field, qualifying on the last day to earn the 32nd starting spot.

He dropped out after 17 laps and finished 28th.

This photo shows some kickups on the front wing, which were not used in the race.

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