Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special – The Historic Al Unser Sr Run To The Finish And His 4th Indy

Alfred “Al” Unser (born May 29, 1939) is an American automobile racing driver….who was the younger brother of fellow racing drivers Jerry and Bobby Unser….and father of Al Unser Jr.  Al Unser is now retired….but still remains the second of three men to have won the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race four times….along with A. J. Foyt and Rick Mears….while being the fourth of five to have won…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – ABCs Jim Lampley + Sam Posey + Bobby Unser Provide PreRace Analysis

This 1987 Indy 500 special by ABC Sports features the excellent commentary of Jim Lampley, Sam Posey and 3 time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser….which is one heck of a auto racing broadcasting team that was making the call on this special race. Jim Lampley is an American sportscaster, news anchor, film producer, and restaurant owner….who has covered a…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special – The Story Of # 87 Steve Chassey As Told By His 8 Yr Old Son Blaine

DOG ASIDE:  Every now and then I get a video to post that is truly a “human interest story”….and this video about Steve Chassey…..the driver of car # 87 in the 1987 Indy 500…..as told by his 8 year old son, Blaine….is truly one of those special type videos…..for you can see the pride in that…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special Feature – A Look At The Field + Pace Lap – With Jim Lampley

DOG ASIDE: The 71st Indianapolis 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, on Sunday May 24, 1987. After dominating practice, qualifying, and most of the race, leader Mario Andretti slowed with mechanical problems with only 23 laps to go. Five laps later, Al Unser Sr. assumed the lead, and won his record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 victory. During the month of May, an…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special Feature – Driver Tom Sneva Hits The Wall And Ends His Day

DOG ASIDE: Thomas E. “Tom” Sneva (born June 1, 1948) is a retired American race car driver….who won the  Indianapolis 500 in 1983. Sneva was a former math teacher….who primarily raced in Indy cars….and was named to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005.  Sneva’s win at Indianapolis followed several runner-up finishes and notable crashes….which got him the nickname “The Gas Man,”….for he…

Auto Racing – 1987 – ABCs Jerry Gappens In Race Interview With Driver Roberto Guerrero Wife Katie

DOG ASIDE: In 1987 Cotter sold the racing team that Roberto Guerrero drove for to Vince Granatelli (son of former Indy car owner Andy Granatelli)….to form Vince Granatelli Racing with Guerrero driving the #4 True Value/ STP March 87C-Cosworth DFX.  Guerrero scored his first Indy car win at the Checker 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. In the race Guerrero originally qualified 3rd….but the car was declared illegal…

Auto Racing – 1980 – Jackie Stewart + Chris Economaki Commentary + Highlights Indy 500 Time Trials

DOG ASIDE: Christopher “Chris” Constantine Economaki (October 15, 1920 – September 28, 2012) was an American motorsports commentator, pit road reporter and journalist….who was given the title “The Dean of American Motorsports Journalism.”….to which Microsoft chose Economaki to author the auto racing history portion of its Encarta Encyclopedia.  Economaki began as track announcer at a number of major races in the 1940’s and…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special – Arch Bishop Edward T Omeara Provides The PreRace Invocation

DOG ASIDE: Due to the longevity of the Indianapolis 500….numerous traditions surrounding the race have developed over the years. Traditions include procedures for the running of the race, scheduling, and pre-race and post-race festivities. For many fans, these traditions are an important aspect of the race….and they have often reacted quite negatively when the traditions are…

Auto Racing – 1987 – NBC Sports Highlights Of The Indy 500 – Highway To The Danger Zone

DOG ASIDE: The Indy 500 is an automobile race held annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in Speedway, Indiana, United States….in an event that is held over Memorial Day weekend in late May.  It is contested as part of the Verizon INDYCAR Series….which is the top level of American Championship Car Racing….as an open-wheel open-cockpit formula colloquially known as “Indy Car Racing”…..while the track itself is nicknamed “the Brickyard“….cuz the racing surfacing…