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Auto Racing – 1979 – Highlights – Indy 500 – With Rick Mears 1st + Tom Sneva 2nd +Al Unser Sr 3rd

The Indianapolis 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana on Sunday May 27, 1979…..when second-year driver Rick Mears took the lead for the final time with 18 laps to go….and won his first of four Indianapolis 500 races….plus, it was also Mears’ first of a record six Indy 500 pole positions…..while brothers Al and Bobby Unser combined to lead 174 of the 200 laps….but Al dropped out around the midpoint….and Bobby slipped to 5th place at the finish nursing mechanical issues. It was also Roger Penske’s second Indy 500 victory as a car owner.

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