Memorial Day weekend has become synonymous with the granddaddy of all auto races, the Indy 500. To get you ready, we’re counting down the ALL-TIME BEST 10 INDY 500’s
10. 2013-Winner: Tony Kanaan
Tony finally gets the job done and celebrates with close friend, and fellow 500 winner, Dario Franchitti. Brazil celebrates!
9. 1967-Winner: AJ Foyt
Rain and a massive pile-up on the last lap couldn’t stop the legendary Foyt from snagging his third 500. To complicated matters even more, the race had to be contested over two days.
8. 1986-Winner: Bobby Rahal
A Hollywood ending if there ever was one. Rahal wins his first and only 500, as his team owner battles the final stages of cancer. Probably the most emotional 500 ever.
7. 1982-Winner: Gordon Johncock
All that separated Johncock from runner-up Rick Mears were literally fractions of a second. Johncock appeared to have the race in hand before being run down by the surging Mears. The Michigan native hung on…barely!
6. 1999-Winner: Kenny Brack
Robby Gordon gambled on fuel late in the race, gaining him the lead, but eventually resulting in him running out of gas on the second-to-last-lap. Brack took advantage of Gordon’s miscalculation and brought home the 500.
5. 1977-Winner: AJ Foyt
It didn’t come easy, but Foyt became the first to win four 500’s. I really hope the guy’s not lactose intolerant considering the massive amounts of dairy he’s had to consume at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
4. 2006-Winner: Sam Hornish Jr.
I see your 1982 and raise you 2006. Hornish Jr. passed Marco Andretti on the last turn to steal the 500. The second closest finish of all-time.
3. 2011-Winner: Dan Wheldon
Rookie, J.R. Hildebrand had the lead on the last lap before running into the wall. The late, great Wheldon slid past to win the 500.
2. 1989-Winner: Emerson Fittipaldi
What a crazy finish to this race! Eventual winner, Fittipaldi duked it out with Al Unser Jr. until the two cars traded paint. The incident resulted in the latter spinning out and the former winning the first of two Indy 500’s
1. 1992-Winner: Al Unser Jr.
If you think 1982 and 2006 were close, Unser Jr. beat out Scott Goodyear by .043 seconds! Yep, .043 freaking seconds! It was Unser Jr.’s first 500, but it did not come easy, as he and Goodyear slugged it out for the lead in the final laps.
Enjoy the race! For MOVIE MONDAY, we’re counting down the ALL-TIME BEST 10 COP MOVIES!!!!!!