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 – 1986 – Highlights – NBCs Dale Hansen Spotlights The Year 1986 In Auto Racing

DOG ASIDE: Dale Eugene Hansen (born August 2, 1948) is an American sportscaster….who is currently the weeknight sports anchor during the 6 pm and 10 pm newscasts on ABC’s Dallas affiliate WFAA.  He also hosts Dale Hansen’s Sports Special on Sundays at 10:35 pm….which is consistently one of the highest-rated local programs in Dallas-Fort Worth area…..when his segment each night garners an audience of over 300,000 people.…

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 – 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 – 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 – 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…

Auto Racing – 1984 – Indianapolis 500 – Rick Mears Winner – Final 30 Laps

DOG ASIDE:  This 10 minute clip of the 1975 Indianapolis 500 features the last laps of Rick Mears while taking the checkered flag…..as most of his close competitors for the day seemed to all drop out of the race for various reasons….but for auto racing fans….it is certainly racking history and well worth the watch.…