Auto Racing – 1986 – Indy 500 – The Race Laps 1 Thru 40 – With Jim Lampley + Sam Posey + Jim McKay

After charging from the 30th starting position, Mario Andretti’s day was short-lived….when on the 15th lap he brought out the yellow when he stalled in turn three with an ignition problem…..as Andretti set the early pace by leading the first 42 laps…..when Mario later returned to the track his car lasted only four additional laps….and he placed 32nd.…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Indy 500 – ABCs Al Trautwig PreRace Interview With Driver Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti had a long career in racing….as he is the only person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades….when he won in 1967, 1978 and 1984…..furthermore, he was also one of only three drivers to have won major races on road courses, paved ovals, and dirt tracks in one season…. which is a…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Indy 500 PreRace Special With Jim McKay + Jim Lampley + Sam Posey + Jack Arute

The 70th Indianapolis 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana on Saturday, May 31, 1986…..after being rained out on May 25–26, the race was rescheduled for the following weekend. The race was sanctioned by USAC….and was included as part of the 1986 CART PPG Indy Car World Series…..when for the first time ever, ABC Sports televised the race live “flag-to-flag” on network television in the…

Auto Racing – 1986 – NBCs Dale Hansen Provides Highlights Of The 1986 Auto Racing Season

In this video, NBC Sports Dale Hansen hosts the network’s 1986 year in sports in review program….which provides a look at the 1986 indy 500 race that was finally run after a week long rain delay…..when driver Bobby Rahal snatched a victory in the race in a dramatic fashion on a restart with two laps…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Indy 500 – Seven Days Late – Jim McKay + Jim Lampley + Sam Posey Thru 41 Laps

The 1986 Indy 500 finally got started 7 days late on Saturday, May 31st after rain delayed the race on Saturday, May 25th and again on Monday, May 27th….so, the race was officially cancelled when the race officials said to come back on the 12th….which was the 1st time in Indianapolis 500 history that this…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Indy 500 – ABCs Jim McKay Recaps The Race At Lap 104 Out Of 200

If you have read any of our stories and commentaries here at ImaSportsphile….then you probably know already how much we like EVERYTHING that sportscaster Jim McKay did behind the mike….for he was nothing but pure “elegance and eloquence”…..as he had a way of making every call just a little more magical because….especially to a true Sportsphile…..cuz…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Al Trautwig With Hard Luck Drive Mario Andretti After Engine Failure

It has been said that no other driver in the history of the Indianapolis 500 has ever had as much “hard luck” as legendary race car driver Mario Andretti…..as the 1987 Indy 500 provides evidence of this opinion….for Andretti led the majority of the race…..and with less than 30 laps to go….while holding a sizable lead over…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 – Start To Finish – Jim McKay + Jim Lampley + Sam Posey + Bobby Unser

The 71st Indianapolis 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, on Sunday May 24, 1987….when after dominating practice….qualifying….and most of the race, the leader Mario Andretti slowed with mechanical problems with only 23 laps to go…..which was followed by Roberto Guerrero the new leader….while being a lap and a half up entered the pits for The Pit Stop From…

Auto Racing – 1986 – Indy 500 – Jim McKay + Jim Lampley Explore The Challenge Of Qualifying For Indy

Qualifying determines which drivers will compete in the Indianapolis 500.  It also determines their starting position on the grid…..as qualifications is also known as time trials….when a race car driver must run four laps around the 2.5-mile oval for a total of 10 miles to complete a qualifying run….as a driver qualifies alone on the track with no other…