Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Jerry Gappens Interviews Driver Rick Mears – Winner Of 1979 Indy 500

Rick Mears, also known by the nickname “Rocket Rick”…..is a retired American race car driver….who is one of only three men to win the Indianapolis 500 four times in 1979, 1984, 1988 and 1991….and is the current record-holder for pole positions the Indy 500 race with six in 1979, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1991….plus, Mears is also a three-time Indycar series/World Series…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Jim McKay + Sam Posey Envision How Mario Andretti Will Celebrate Win

In American popular culture….Mario Andretti’s name became synonymous with speed….as with Barney Oldfield in the early twentieth century….and Stirling Moss in the United Kingdom….whereby, Super Mario  had a long career in racing…..after becoming the only person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades in 1967, 1978 and 1984.  He was also one of only three drivers to…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Jerry Gappens PreRace Interview With Last Year Winner Bobby Rahal

ABC Sports 1987 Indy 500 race coverage included Jerry Gappens as a roving reporter around the track…. who conducted many interviews with meaningful participants in and around the great race…..as seen in this video herewith….where Gappens interviews the 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal…..for you can readily see by this interview that Jerry Gappens knew…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Twin 125 Qualifier – Chris Economacki Interviews Ken Schrader + Bill Elliott

This video seen herewith is the only time we at ImaSportsphile have ever seen a professional auto race that ended in a photo-finish….as Ken Schrader won the 1987 Twin 125 Qualifier 1st race by “the hair of his chinny chin chin” over Bill Elliott…..who was the eventual pole setter at the 1987 Daytona 500…..as CBS Sports…

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

ABC Sports broadcast team for the 1987 Indy 500 included Jim Lampley, Sam Posey and Bobby Unser….. with Jim McKay in the studio as always…..as seen in this video herewith…..where Lampley, Posey and Unser analyse the race from every angle prior to the start of the race.

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Jim McKay Interview Katie Guerrero – Wife Of Driver Roberto Guerrero

Legendary ABC sportscaster Jim McKay provides an “in-race” interview with driver Roberto Guerrero’s wife Katie somewhere around the start of the 1987 Indy 500 race…..and had it not been for “the pit stop from Hell” that hubby Roberto experience with 20 laps to go in the race…..with Guerrero leading….when his engine stopped while coming out of the pit…..cuz…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Jerry Gappens With Owner Carl Haas In the Pits For Mario Andretti

ABC’s roving reporter Jerry Gappens provides an “in the pits” interview with race car owner Carl Haas of driver Mario Andretti’s car…..which was the prohibitive favorite for the 1987 Indy 500…..who actually led most of the race until he experience engine failure with 20 laps to go…..which makes this interview with the head of Haas Racing…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Twin 125 Qualifiers – Special – Firey Crash Of Driver Phil Barkdoll In The #33

Phil Barkdoll is a former NASCAR owner/driver from Phoenix, Arizona…..who only ran at two tracks in his entire career….Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway….as he drove on a part-time basis on the NASCAR circuit from 1984 to 1997….while relying on small sponsors and free advertising to help pay for his racing….while also providing a ride for other drivers at other tracks.  Barkdoll began…

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

In 1987, Roger Penske’s slate of drivers included Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan and Danny Ongais….as Al Unser Sr. was dropped from the team and entered the month of May without a ride….when during the first week of practice….Al Sr. spent much of the week shopping for a ride…..and a few offers were made by owners…..which Al Sr. refused….as he…