Auto Racing – 1986 – Joyful Time In The Winners Circle At Indy 500 With With Bobby Rahal + Jim McKay

DOG ASIDE:  This video is a very rare piece of footage which highlights the incredible love and bond between driver and owner…..and a moment shared that could never be bested….for winning the Indy 500 while knowing that you may not be around anymore to ever experience an awesome win again….for Bobby Rahal won the race…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Indy 500 – Jim Lampley + Sam Posey Race Thoughts + The Race Lineup Row By Row

DOG ASIDE:   Saturday May 31 saw sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80’s…..and due to the rain delays….traditional pre-race ceremonies were retooled slightly….with some replacement performers….as the Purdue University band was absent….while Jim Nabors, scheduled to sing “Back Home Again in Indiana”, had departed….and was replaced by John S. Davies, the artist-in-residence at the Indianapolis Opera.  A…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Al Trautwig Shows How The Indy 500 Is A Month Long Event Not A One Day Event

DOG ASIDE;  This video really gave me some valuable knowledge and insight into the preparation that is required to be an Indy 500 contestant…..as ABC’s Al Trautwig provides an inside look at the “23 Days” before the 1986 Indy 500 auto race….plus it provides awesome highlights of absolute legends of auto racing featuring guys like…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Jim McKay Provides Inside Look At The Challenges Of Qualifying For The Indy 500

DOG ASIDE: Throughout the years, the race has used a number of different qualifying procedures….with the current four-lap (ten-mile) qualifying distance being first introduced in 1920….and has been used every year since 1939….whereas in 2014, the qualifying procedure was refined….such that the pole position winner and the starting grid would be determined over two days.…

Auto Racing – 1986 – ABCs Jim McKay Recaps The Indy 500 Race At Lap 104 Of 200

DOG ASIDE: On August 19, 1985, after years of being shown tape delayed….ABC Sports signed an initial three-year deal to cover the Indianapolis 500 live flag-to-flag starting in 1986….as longtime anchor Jim McKay was moved to the host position….with play-by-play being handled by Jim Lampley and Sam Posey.  Since the Daytona 500 had been shown live flag-to-flag on CBS since 1979….and ABC officials had wanted…

Auto Racing – 1986 – ABCs Jack Arute Interviews Pole Sitter Rick Mears Prior To Start Of Indy 500

DOG ASIDE: Rick Ravon Mears (born December 3, 1951), also known by the nickname “Rocket Rick”….is a retired  American race car driver….who is one of three men to win the Indianapolis 500 four times in 1979, 1984, 1988 and 1991….and is the current record-holder for pole positions in the race with six in 1979, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1991.  Rocket Rick is also…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Al Trautwig Behind The Scenes Inside International Broadcast Booths

DOG ASIDE: The Indy 500 is billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing….which is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport….which comprises three of the most prestigious motor sports events in the world….including the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management….but the permanent seating capacity is upwards of 250,000….and infield…

Music – 1987 – Kenny Loggnins – Danger Zone – Put To Highlights Of The 1987 Indy 500 Race

DOG ASIDE: “Danger Zone“ is a song with music composed by Giorgio Moroder….and lyrics written by Tom Whitlock….which American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins recorded and released in 1986. The song was one of the hit singles from the soundtrack to the 1986 American motion picture Top Gun….which became the best selling soundtrack of 1986….and one of the best selling of all time.  According to Allmusic.com, the…

Auto Racing – 1986 – ABC Sports Indy 500 Special – The End Of The Day For Driver Johnny Parsons

DOG ASIDE: John Wayne Parsons (born August 26, 1944) is an American race car driver….who started twelve Indianapolis 500 races….with his last Indy 500 start being the 1996 race. His best finish was fifth in 1977 and 1985.  Parsons also finished second in the 1977 USAC National points…..while also finishing 2nd twice in the USAC championship dirt cars.  Parsons won 29 midget car features…. including major wins at: the 4-Crown…