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


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 unusually high 25 crashes occurred during practice and qualifying….with one driver in particular, Jim Crawford, suffering serious leg injuries.  

The race was sanctioned by USAC….and was included as part of the 1987 CART PPG Indy Car World Series. Of the notable statistics, the 1987 Indy 500 was the first such where the entry list did not include a single car built in the United States.  During the race, a spectator was killed when an errant tire was hit into the grandstand….which was the first spectator fatality at the event in a racing-related incident since 1938.

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