Sunday, May 24, 1992


!!  13 injured racedrivers  !!

with the following brave 33 race legends:

Al Unser jr., Emerson Fittipaldi, Arie Luyendyk, Lyn St. James, Eddie Cheever, Paul Tracy,  John Paul Jr.,  Dominic Dobson, Scott Goodyear, Mario Andretti, Roberto Guerrero, Al Unser sr, Danny Sullivan, Bobby Rahal, Raul Boesel, John Andretti, Brian Bonner, Jim Crawford, Gordon Johncock, Tom Sneva, A.J. Foyt, Scott Pruett, Gary Bettenhausen, Stan Fox, Rick Mears, Philippe Gache, Eric Bachelart, Jeff Andretti, Michael Andretti, Scott Brayton, Jimmy Vasser, Buddy Lazier and Ted Prappas.


 With the original American live commentary and no commercials breaks !


Historical race with multiple stunning crashes


1992 Indianapolis 500

76th Indianapolis 500
Location Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Date May 24, 1992
Winner Al Unser, Jr.
Average speed 134.477 mph (216.420 km/h)
Pole position Roberto Guerrero
Pole speed 232.482 mph (374.144 km/h)
Fastest qualifier Guerrero
Rookie of the Year Lyn St. James
Most laps led Michael Andretti (160)
Pre-race ceremonies
National anthem Sandi Patti
Back Home Again in Indiana Jim Nabors
Starting command Mary F. Hulman
Pace car Cadillac Allante
Pace car driver Bobby Unser
Honorary starter none
Attendance 250,000 (estimated)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Paul Page, Sam Posey, Bobby Unser
Nielsen Ratings 9.8
Market share 31

The 76th Indianapolis 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 24, 1992. The race is famous for the fierce battle in the closing laps, as race winner Al Unser, Jr. held off second place Scott Goodyear for the victory by 0.043 seconds, the closest finish in Indy history.

Cold temperatures and high winds turned the race into a crash-filled, marathon day, dominated by Michael Andretti. Andretti led 160 laps and was 30 seconds in front on lap 189 of 200 when his fuel pump failed. The tone for the race was set early when pole position winner Roberto Guerrero crashed on the pace lap. A race-record ten former winners started in the field. Thirteen cars were eliminated in crashes during the race, and several other serious wrecks occurred during practice.

Following the race, sweeping changes came about at the track, largely in the interest of safety. In addition, a noticeable "changing of the guard" followed, as the 1992 race signaled the final race for several Indy legends, including A. J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Tom Sneva, and Gordon Johncock.


Row Inside Middle Outside
1 Colombia Roberto Guerrero United States Eddie Cheever United States Mario Andretti
2 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk United States Gary Bettenhausen United States Michael Andretti
3 United States Scott Brayton United States Danny Sullivan United States Rick Mears
4 United States Bobby Rahal Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi United States Al Unser, Jr.
5 United States Stan Fox United States John Andretti Belgium Eric Bachelart (R)
6 France Philippe Gache (R) United States Scott Pruett United States John Paul, Jr.
7 Canada Paul Tracy (R) United States Jeff Andretti United Kingdom Jim Crawford
8 United States Al Unser United States A. J. Foyt United States Buddy Lazier
9 Brazil Raul Boesel United States Brian Bonner (R) United States Lyn St. James (R)
10 United States Jimmy Vasser (R) United States Dominic Dobson United States Tom Sneva
11 United States Gordon Johncock United States Ted Prappas (R) Canada Scott Goodyear
     Guerrero crashed during the second parade lap, and did not start the race. Gache also spun on the parade lap, and drove to the pits and missed the start. He joined the field on lap 3.
     Scott Goodyear and Mike Groff were teammates for Walker Racing. Goodyear was the full-time primary driver (entered in a 1992 chassis), and Groff the second team driver (entered in a 1991 chassis). Due to a lingering oil pressure problem,[1] and the hectic nature of the abbreviated pole day time trials session, Goodyear and Groff temporarily swapped cars to qualify, in order to take advantage of the favorable draw. At the close of qualifying, the team pre-planned to swap the drivers back to their original cars, and Goodyear and Groff would move to the rear of the field. However, at the close of qualifing, Groff had qualified 26th, but Goodyear was bumped. As expected, and as planned, Goodyear took Groff's place behind the wheel in the primary car. The driver switch required the car to be moved to the rear of the

Failed to Qualify

Carburetion Day

During the week leading up to the race, Walker Racing announced that Scott Goodyear would replace Mike Groff in the team's qualified car. Goodyear, the team's primary driver, was bumped on the final day of time trials. The switch required the #15 car to be moved to the rear of the field, and Goodyear would start 33rd on race day.[1]

The final practice session saw the Ford Cosworth drivers take the top speeds. Bobby Rahal was the fastest Chevrolet driver, and polesitter Roberto Guerrero was only 5th fastest. Al Unser, Jr. practiced a disappointing 25th speed rank. No incidents were reported.

Later in the afternoon, Rahal-Hogan Racing with driver Bobby Rahal won the Miller Genuine Draft Pit Stop Contest.

Race recap


A cold front entered the Indianapolis area the evening before the race, bringing misty rain and cold temperatures. Race morning dawned at 50°F, with a windchill of 36° Mary F. Hulman gave the starting command at 10:51 a.m., and the pace car, driven by Bobby Unser led the field on the way to the first parade lap. John Paul, Jr.'s car suffered a mechanical failure on the starting grid, but at the last minute, he hastily pulled away to join the field. The cold weather made for precarious conditions for the drivers, as it would be increasingly difficult to warm up the slick tires.

As the field entered the backstrech on the second parade lap, polesitter Roberto Guerrero gunned his machine to warm up the tires, but the back end whipped around, and the car spun into the inside wall. The suspension was damaged enough that he could not continue, and he was out of the race before the green flag. Moments later, Philippe Gache lost control on cold tires, and spun lazily into the apron of turn 4. The incidents delayed the start by five minutes.

Without the polesitter in the race, second place starter Eddie Cheever was charged with leading the field to the green flag. In turn one, Michael and Mario Andretti split Cheever on the inside and outside and took the lead. Michael Andretti blistered the track to set a new record for the first lap at 210.339 mph. After only four laps of green flag racing, however, Eric Bachelart blew an engine, and brought out the yellow.

[edit] Early segments

The field went back to green on lap 11. In turn four, Tom Sneva lost control with cold tires, and crashed hard into the outside wall. A long caution followed to clean up the debris. On lap 21, the race finally got going, with Michael Andretti the early and dominating leader.

A fairly long strech of green flag racing saw Andretti starting to lap the field up through 12th place. Andretti was running race laps in the high 220 mph range. Andretti was being chased primarily by Arie Luyendyk, Scott Brayton and Eddie Cheever. Mario Andretti, however, required an unscheduled pit stop to cure an electrical problem. By lap 60, Andretti held a 30-second lead, and only three cars were on the lead lap. The average speed at lap 60 had climbed to 161.458 mph

Multiple crashes

Andretti's blistering pace was halted on lap 62 when Gordon Johncock blew an engine. The caution bunched the field for a restart on lap 67. Moments after the green, rookie Philippe Gache spun and hit the outside wall. The car slid into the path of Stan Fox, and Fox plowed into the wreck. The crash was blamed on cold tires, and Gache's inexperience.

The green came back out on lap 75. In turn one, Jim Crawford lost control, and collected Rick Mears. Both cars crashed hard into the outside wall. Further up the track, Emerson Fittipaldi slammed into the outside wall. All three drivers were sent to Methodist Hospital for relatively minor injuries.

On lap 84, the green came out once again, but as the field headed down the mainstrech, Mario Andretti crashed in turn four. The car lost the back end due to cold tires, and slammed nose-first hard into the wall. Andretti went to Methodist Hospital with broken toes.

The green came back out on lap 90, but was short-lived when Scott Brayton blew an engine on lap 94. The caution was followed by another when Paul Tracy also blew an engine on lap 97, and Jimmy Vasser subsequently smacked the wall in turn one. The field went back to green on lap 103, but cold tires struck again, as rookie Brian Bonner lost control and crashed in turn 4.

The field restarted on lap 110, and appeared to safely circulate the track. Five laps later, a major crash occurred. Jeff Andretti's car broke a wheel hub in turn two. The car immediately turned around, and Jeff Andretti crashed head-on into the wall near the Turn Two Suites. The front of the car was demolished, and Andretti suffered severe leg injuries. Gary Bettenhausen ran over some debris, and was also caught up in the crash. It took 18 minutes to extracate Jeff Andretti from the car, and he was immediately transported to Methodist Hospital for surgery. Meanwhile, Jeff's older brother Michael Andretti was still leading. Michael, however, had just seem both his father and brother crash and be sent to the hospital.

From lap 62-122, only nine laps of green flag racing were turned in. Eight cautions slowed the race for almost 90 minutes. The race finally got back underway at lap 123.

Second half

Michael Andretti took over where he had left off, and pulled away from the competition. The dwindling field was down to 17 cars, and six were on the lead lap. Among the cars still in contention were Ganassi teammates Cheever and Luyendyk. Al Unser, Jr. and Al Unser, Sr. had moved up into the top five, and Scott Goodyear had climbed from last starting position to the last car on the lead lap (6th place). A. J. Foyt had worked his way into the top 10, and Lyn St. James was the only rookie left running by lap 135.

On lap 137, Arie Luyendyk attempted to lap A. J. Foyt, but Foyt had lost a mirror and did not see him. Luyendyk got into the "marbles," and slid up into the turn 4 wall.

The green resumed on lap 144, with Al Unser, Jr. in the lead after a sequence of pit stops. Michael Andretti charged towards the front, but Al Unser, Sr. passed him for second momentarily. The dicing was halted when Buddy Lazier blew an engine and brought the yellow back out.

With 50 laps to go, only 15 cars were running, and only five cars were on the lead lap.

Late race

With 45 laps to go, the green came out and the field began the race to the finish. Michael Andretti once again, began to easily pull away from his competitors. On the 166th lap, he ran a record race lap of 229.118 mph, en route to a 15-second lead.

On laps 171-177, the field began circulating through a series of green-flag pit stops. It would be the final stops of the day. During the sequence, Al Unser, Sr. passed his son Al, Jr. and led for four laps. After the field shuffled through their stops, Michael Andretti was back in the lead, by 23 seconds.

With the majority of crashes happening in turn 4, the safety crews had an extensive workout for the entire race. They were rewarded with a standing ovation from the grandstands after what turned out to be the final wreck of the day.


With 12 laps to go, Michael Andretti held a 28-second lead of Scott Goodyear. A lap later, Al Unser, Jr. passed Goodyear for second place. On lap 189, Michael Andretti pulled alongside Al Unser, Sr. and put him a lap down in turn two. Down the backstretch, however, Andretti suddenly began to slow. His fuel pump had failed, and the car coasted to a stop in the north short chute. Andretti had dominated the entire race, and had led 160 of the first 189 laps.

Al Unser, Jr. suddenly inherited the lead, with Scott Goodyear right behind in second. The caution came out for Andretti's stalled car, and the field bunched up for a late-race restart.

With 7 laps to go, the green flag came out, and the race was down to a tense two-man battle between Al Unser, Jr. and Scott Goodyear. With four laps to go, Unser held a 0.3-second lead. The cars battled nose-to-tail around the entire track, with the savvy Unser holding Goodyear off thus far. On the final lap, Goodyear drafted Unser down the backstretch, and tucked closely behind through the final turn. Out of the final turn, Goodyear zig-zagged behind Unser, and dove his nose inside over the final few hundred yards. Goodyear pulled alongside, but Unser held him off officially by 0.043 seconds, the closest finish in Indy 500 history.

Al Unser, Sr. edged out Eddie Cheever for third place. A. J. Foyt brought his car home in 9th, while John Paul, Jr., who nursed his car all day with a broken fuel cable, avoided all the crashes to finish 10th. Lyn St. James clinched the rookie of the year award, as she was the only rookie left running, in 11th place.


Finish Start No Name Qual Rank Laps Led Status Team
1 12 3 United States Al Unser, Jr. 222.989 14 200 25 Running Galles/KRACO Racing
2 33 15 Canada Scott Goodyear 221.800 21 200 0 Running Walker Racing
3 22 27 United States Al Unser 223.744 12 200 4 Running Team Menard
4 2 9 United States Eddie Cheever 229.639 2 200 9 Running Chip Ganassi Racing
5 8 18 United States Danny Sullivan 224.838 9 199 0 Flagged Galles/KRACO Racing
6 10 12 United States Bobby Rahal 224.158 11 199 0 Flagged Rahal/Hogan Racing
7 25 11 Brazil Raul Boesel 222.433 19 198 0 Flagged Dick Simon Racing
8 14 8 United States John Andretti 222.644 18 195 0 Flagged Jim Hall Racing
9 23 14 United States A. J. Foyt 222.798 16 195 0 Flagged A.J. Foyt Enterprises
10 18 93 United States John Paul, Jr. 220.244 27 194 0 Flagged D.B. Mann Development
11 27 90 United States Lyn St. James (R) 220.150 28 193 0 Flagged Dick Simon Racing
12 29 68 United States Dominic Dobson 220.359 26 193 0 Flagged Burns Racing
13 6 1 United States Michael Andretti 228.168 7 189 160 Fuel Pressure Newman/Haas Racing
14 24 21 United States Buddy Lazier 222.688 17 139 0 Engine Leader Cards Racing
15 4 6 Netherlands Arie Luyendyk 229.127 4 135 1 Crash T4 Chip Ganassi Racing
16 32 31 United States Ted Prappas (R) 219.173 33 135 0 Gear Box P.I.G. Racing
17 5 51 United States Gary Bettenhausen 228.932 5 112 0 Crash BS Team Menard
18 20 48 United States Jeff Andretti 219.306 31 109 0 Crash T2 A.J. Foyt Enterprises
19 26 39 United States Brian Bonner (R) 220.845 24 97 0 Crash T4 Dale Coyne Racing
20 19 7 Canada Paul Tracy (R) 219.751 29 96 0 Engine Penske Racing
21 28 47 United States Jimmy Vasser 222.313 20 94 0 Crash T1 Hayhoe Racing
22 7 22 United States Scott Brayton 226.142 8 93 0 Engine Dick Simon Racing
23 3 2 United States Mario Andretti 229.503 3 78 1 Crash T4 Newman/Haas Racing
24 11 5 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 223.607 13 75 0 Crash T1 Penske Racing
25 21 26 United Kingdom Jim Crawford 228.859 6 74 0 Crash T1 King Racing
26 9 4 United States Rick Mears 224.594 10 74 0 Crash T1 Penske Racing
27 13 91 United States Stan Fox 222.867 15 63 0 Crash SS Hemelgarn Racing
28 16 44 France Philippe Gache (R) 221.496 23 61 0 Crash T1 Dick Simon Racing
29 31 92 United States Gordon Johncock 219.287 32 60 0 Engine Hemelgarn Racing
30 17 10 United States Scott Pruett 220.464 25 52 0 Engine TrueSports
31 30 59 United States Tom Sneva 219.737 30 10 0 Crash T4 Team Menard
32 15 19 Belgium Eric Bachelart (R) 221.549 22 4 0 Engine Dale Coyne Racing
33 1 36 Colombia Roberto Guerrero 232.481 1 0 0 Crash BS King Racing

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