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Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special – Race Leader Roberto Guerrero And The Pit Stop From Hell


Roberto José Guerrero (born 16 November 1958) is a former racing driver from Colombia…..who  participated in 29 Formula One Grands Prix after debuting in 1982.  With no championship points in Formula One and no prospects to drive for a competitive team….Guerrero left at the end of the 1983 season to race in the United States….where he had an auspicious beginning to his Indycar racing career….while winning both CART and Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year honors in 1984.  His initial promise was never completely fulfilled….having won only the two CART races in 1987….then later the same year he had a massive accident which left him in a coma for 17 days.

Of special note were Guerrero’s participation in the Indianapolis 500….as he came very close to winning outright on two occasions….but bad luck always kept the victory out of his grasp.  In 1992 he spun off on the pace lap after having qualified on the pole position.  Guerrero finished runner up twice….and was on his way to victory in 1987….when he had the “pit stop from Hell”….as seen in this video herewith….for in total, he was in the top-five five times….and held the qualifying speed record from 1992 through 1996. Guerrero was also selected to participate in the 1988 International Race of Champions.

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