Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Michael Andretti Wins Fastest Race In Indy Car History - August 2, 1987

August 2, 1987
(Photo;indianapolismotorspeedway.com)
In the fastest race in Indycar racing at the time, 24-year-old Michael Andretti took advantage of his father's hard luck, to win the Marlboro 500 at Michigan International Speedway, with an average speed of 171.490 miles per hour.

The younger Andretti inherited the lead when Mario Andretti fell out of the race with an engine failure after building a two-lap lead over his son just past the halfway point of the 250-lap event.

Michael easily held off Al Unser and Bobby Rahal over the last 94 laps to gain his second victory of the season, the fifth of his blossoming Indy-car career and his first triumph over 500 miles.

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