70th INDIANAPOLIS 500
MAY 31st 1986
FULL RACE ON DVD
!! World's first full RUNNING TIME APPROX MORE ALMOST 4 HOURSlive coverage of the race !!
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With the following 33 brave race legends:
Bobby Rahal, Kevin
Cogan, Rick Mears, Roberto Guerrero, Al Unser jr, Michael Andretti,
Emerson Fittipaldi, Johnny Rutherford, Danny Sullivan, Randy Lanier,
Gary Bettenhausen, Geoff Brabham, Raul Boesel, Dick Simon, Arie
Luyendijk, Pancho Carter, Ed Pimm, Josele Garza, Roberto Moreno, Jacques
Villeneuve (brother from Gilles), Chip Ganassi, Al Unser sr, Danny
Ongais, A.J. Foyt, Rich Vogler, George Snider, Johnny Parsons, Tony
Bettenhausen, Jim Crawford, Scott Brayton, Phil Krueger, Mario Andretti
and Tom Sneva.
original American live commentary and no commercials breaks !
1986 Indianapolis 500
The 70th Indianapolis 500 was held at Indianapolis on Saturday, May 31, 1986. After being rained out on May 25–26, the race was rescheduled for the following weekend. Bobby Rahal was the winner, becoming the first driver in Indy history to complete the 500 miles (800 km) in less than three hours.
The race was sanctioned by USAC, and was included as part of the 1986 Indy Car World Series.
Saturday May 31 saw sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s.
Traditional pre-race ceremonies were retooled slightly, with some
replacement performers, and a smaller balloon spectacle. Mary F. Hulman gave the starting command just minutes before 11 a.m., and the field pulled away for the parade and pace laps.
On the final pace lap, Tom Sneva
veered off-course at the exit of turn 2. Further down the backstretch, a
massive smoke bomb was set off by some unruly spectators. The yellow
flag was displayed, and the start was waved off. The next time by, the
field was red flagged, and halted on the frontstretch. Sneva's crash was
cleaned up, but it was determined that the field had burned an
unnecessary four laps of fuel. A decision was made to replenish each of
the 32 remaining cars' pitside fuel tanks with 3 gallons of methanol.
The red flag wound up delaying the start by over a half-hour.
At 11:34 a.m., Tony George
gave the command to restart the engines, and the field assembled for
two pace laps. The field was straggling through the fourth turn to take
the green, and Michael Andretti
jumped into the lead from the outside of the front row. He set a new
all-time record for the first lap at 202.940 mph (326.600 km/h), the
first time the opening lap was run over 200 mph (320 km/h).
After charging from the 30th starting position, Mario Andretti's day was short-lived. On the 15th lap, he brought out the yellow when he stalled in turn 3 with an ignition problem. Michael Andretti set the early pace, leading the first 42 laps.
The first half of the race saw record average speed, with only two
yellows for 10 laps, and no major incidents. The second yellow on lap 52
came out for debris when Michael Andretti lost a mirror. Rick Mears came to the lead by lap 49, and held it until the next round of pit stops. On lap 83, Bobby Rahal took the lead for 19 laps, and led at the halfway point.
spun out of turn two on lap 102, and came to a stop along the inside
wall. The car suffered minor damage, and Parsons was uninjured. After
another long stretch of green, Rich Vogler crashed in turn 3 on lap 135.
On the 135th lap, Rahal (1st) and Cogan (2nd) pitted under caution.
Rahal's team nearly made a serious error, and did not change the
left-front tire (it had not been changed yet in the race). Rahal had to
pit once again the next time around to correct the oversight. Since the
field was under caution, the consequences were not quite as serious, but
he still fell from 1st to 4th.
On the restart, Rick Mears resumed as the leader. Short-pitting due to poor handling, 4th place Michael Andretti
was the first of the leaders to pit again (on lap 163). Mears led all
the way until his final scheduled pit stop on lap 165. Moments later Roberto Moreno
brought out the caution by stalling in turn four. After Rahal and Cogan
cycled through their final planned stops on lap 166, Mears again found
himself up front. Michael Andretti
(at the tail-end of the lead lap in 4th place) actually led the field
behind the pace car as the field went back to green with 31 laps to go.
With 14 laps to go, Rick Mears led Bobby Rahal and Kevin Cogan. Fourth place Michael Andretti
was still clinging on to the tail-end of the lead lap, just ahead of
Mears. As the leaders approached traffic, Rahal looked to pass Mears for
the lead. Down the backstretch, Rahal took the lead and headed towards
turn 3. Cogan passed Mears on the outside of turn four and took second
place. Down the frontstretch, Rahal was caught up behind the lap car of Randy Lanier. Cogan diced back and forth, and slipped by Rahal going into turn one.
With then 13 laps to go, Cogan suddenly pulled out to a sizable
3-second lead. Cogan's car was visibly loose in the turns, and on
several occasions nearly clipped the outside wall in turn 2. With 7 laps
to go, fourth place Michael Andretti ducked into the pit area for a splash of fuel. On lap 194, Arie Luyendyk
who was running 11th, spun exiting turn four. His car whipped around
and lightly tagged the inside wall near the entrance of the pits. The
yellow flag came out, and the field was bunched up behind the pace car.
Safety crews were able to quickly clean up the incident. Cogan led,
with Rahal second, and Mears third, all together on the track. With 2½
laps to go, the lights on the pace car were turned off, signifying that
the field was ready to go back to green. Cogan, Rahal, and Mears picked
up the pace in the northchute, and came out of turn four for a restart
and 2 laps to go. Rahal got the jump on Cogan out of turn four, and took
the lead mid-way down the frontstretch. Rahal led at the line, and dove
in front of Cogan in turn one.
Down the backstretch, Rahal pulled to over a 1-second lead, and Mears
set up to pass Cogan in turn three. Cogan held off the challenge, as
Rahal took the white flag. Rahal's speed on the 199th lap was a
noteworthy 203 mph (327 km/h). Rahal pulled out to a 1.4 second
advantage, and won his first Indianapolis 500. Cogan and Mears finished
second and third, in what was the closest three-car finish to date.
Rahal's final lap was an all-time record 209.152 mph (336.598 km/h), the
fastest race lap to-date in Indy 500 competition.
Rahal completed the 500 miles (800 km) in 2 hours, 55 minutes, 43.470
seconds; becoming the first driver to complete the Indianapolis 500 in
less than three hours. His average speed of 170.722 broke Rick Mears' 1984 record.
Race box score