1994 Indianapolis 500


1994 Indianapolis 500

Results of the 1994 Indianapolis 500 held at Indianapolis on Sunday, May 29, 1994.

Recap

After leading 145 laps in the 1000 hp (750 kW), 250 mph (400 km/h), pushrod engined Penske-Mercedes, defending winner Emerson Fittipaldi attempted to put second-placed teammate Al Unser, Jr. a lap down on lap 185 but caught the turbulence off Al Unser Jr.'s car in turn 4 and smacked the wall. Unser led the last 15 laps for his second career win.

Results

(W)=Winner, (R)=Rookie

*C Chassis: L=Lola, P=Penske, R=Reynard

*E Engine: B=Buick, C=Ilmor-Chevrolet, F=Cosworth-Ford, I=Ilmor, M=Menard (Buick), MB=Ilmor Mercedes-Benz

All cars in the 1994 Indianapolis 500 competed on Goodyear tires.

Failed to qualify:

Trivia

* This was the last Indianapolis 500 for Mario Andretti, who retired after the 1994 season. On May 17, 1994 Al Unser Sr. withdrew from his Arizona Motorsports team during practice after the ride proved uncompetetive, and announced his retirement. Johnny Rutherford, who had not qualified for the Indy 500 since 1988, failed to qualify yet again, and officially retired shortly thereafter.
* Emerson Fittipaldi garnered a large lead over the rest of the field -- he led 145 of the 200 laps in the race -- but he crashed into the wall in the closing laps while leading and ended up not finishing. (See below).
*Mercedes-Benz used the Indianapolis 500 to debut their Mercedes 209 engine (the 209 stands for the size of the engine in cubic inches). The Penske cars were dominant for the entire month.
*Al Unser Jr.'s margin of victory was 8.6 seconds.

Quotes

" [We've] "Got" [it] "...Emerson Fittipaldi has hit the wall on the inside coming through four...":- Bob Lamey"Unbelievable, the car comes to a stop just a few feet short of the start-finish line; Emmo raising his hands as if to say, 'I can't believe what has happened'":- Bob Jenkins, as both described the incredible scene of Emerson Fittipaldi's crash on lap 184, while leading by almost a full lap, on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network"The Checkered flag waves, and Al Unser Jr. has won the 78th running of the Indianapolis 500":- Bob Jenkins describing the finish on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network

Indy 500 Walker
Previous_race = 1993
Previous_winner = Emerson Fittipaldi
This_race = 1994
This_winner = Al Unser Jr.
Next_race = 1995
Next_winner = Jacques Villeneuve


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