1993 Indianapolis 500


The 77th Indianapolis 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana on Sunday, May 30, 1993.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an automobile racing circuit located in Speedway, Indiana, in the United States.

Indianapolis, is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County.

Speedway is a town in Wayne Township, Marion County, Indiana, United States.

1993 INDIANAPOLIS 500 by Andrew Sopher


Emerson Fittipaldi took the lead with 16 laps to go, and won his second career Indy 500 victory.

Emerson Fittipaldi is a semi-retired Brazilian automobile racing driver who won both the Formula One World Championship and the Indianapolis 500 twice each and the CART championship once.

The name Fittipaldi refers to a motor racing family and their teams:

1993 Indianapolis 500 - Part 4 of 21 (START) by Michael McIntyre


The race was sanctioned by USAC and was part of the 1993 PPG Indy Car World Series.

The 1993 PPG Indy Car World Series season was the 15th national championship season of American open wheel racing sanctioned by CART.


Several sidebar stories during the month complemented one of the most competitive Indy 500 races in recent years.


Much of the pre-race attention for the month focused heavily on rookie Nigel Mansell, the reigning Formula One World Champion, who switched to the CART Indy car series during the offseason.

Nigel Ernest James Mansell, CBE is a British former racing driver who won both the Formula One World Championship and the CART Indy Car World Series.

Formula One is the highest class of single-seat auto racing that is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile.


A large international media contingent arrived at the track creating a huge frenzy surrounding the Englishman.


Mansell was competitive all afternoon, and was leading the race on lap 184 as the field was coming to a restart.


His inexperience on oval circuits, however, led to him misjudging the restart speed and he was quickly passed down the mainstretch by Fittipaldi, which proved to be the winning move.


Fittipaldi, Arie Luyendyk and Mansell finished 1st–2nd–3rd, the first time foreign-born drivers swept the top three finishing positions since 1915.

Arie Luyendyk, anglicised form of Arie Luijendijk is a Dutch auto racing driver, and winner of the 1990 and 1997 Indianapolis 500 races.


After hinting about retirement in 1991, four-time Indy 500 winner A. J. Foyt entered the 1993 race and participated in the first week of practice.


On the morning of pole day qualifying, rookie Robby Gordon, driving a Foyt team car, crashed during a practice session.

Robert W. "Robby" Gordon is an American racecar driver.

Robbie can be a given name as well as a surname.


The incident led to Foyt deciding to retire from Indy car racing after a 35-year career.


The 1993 race would be the final competitive drives at Indy for both Mario Andretti and Al Unser, Sr. Andretti led the most laps, but faded at the end to a 6th-place finish.

Alfred "Al" Unser is an American automobile racing driver, the younger brother of fellow racing drivers Jerry and Bobby Unser, and father of Al Unser Jr..

Mario Gabriele Andretti is an Italian-born American former racing driver, one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport.


Unser also led laps during the race, en route to a 12th-place finish.


Andretti would drop out of the 1994 race, and retired after the 1994 season.


Unser abruptly retired during practice for the 1994 race.


Also grabbing headlines during qualifying was the plight of defending CART champion and 1986 Indy winner Bobby Rahal.


After struggling to get his car up to speed, Rahal was bumped from the field on the final day of time trials.


Raul Boesel led 18 laps for owner d*ck Simon, the first time a Simon-owned car ever led the Indy 500.

Raul de Mesquita Boesel is a former racing driver who raced for the March and Ligier Formula One teams and later raced in Champ Car and the Indy Racing League.


Boesel took the lead at the start and had one of the fastest cars during the race.

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