The star power, the circumstances as they
played out, a crucial restart near the end,
and the winner’s refusal to drink milk
made 1993 one of the most memorable.
It was the end of an era in many ways
as four-time winner A.J. Foyt abruptly
quit on Pole Day and then took a tearful
farewell lap. It would be Mario Andretti’s
last blast of IMS glory and Al Unser’s final
appearance on the track he owned in the
1970s. Former Formula 1 World Champion
Nelson Piquet returned following his
devastating accident the year before, and
reigning F1 king Nigel Mansell shocked the
motorsports world by turning his back on
grand prix racing to come to Indy cars.
After qualifying in the middle of Row 1,
Andretti flexed his 53-year-old muscles
and led 70 of the first 168 laps in his
Newman/Haas Lola-Ford. But the
handling went away and he faded as his
teammate, Mansell, charged to the front.
The Brit, who’d seriously injured his back
at Phoenix two months earlier, showed an
affinity for ovals. He led from Laps 175-
184 and was pulling away as he sought to
emulate Graham Hill as a rookie winner.
But a caution bunched up the field and
THE STARS ALIGN
1989 winner Emerson Fittipaldi and ’ 90
victor Arie Luyendyk were in Mansell’s
mirrors on the Lap 185 restart. His lack
of experience on restarts left ol’ Nige a
sitting duck as Emmo swept past him on
the outside for the lead and Arie took the
high line into second place.
Fittipaldi, the other ex-F1 champ in a
star-studded lineup, held off Luyendyk by
two seconds for his second Indy win, but
then drank orange juice instead of milk in
Victory Lane to infuriate the traditionalists.
Mansell brushed the wall late, but held
on to third to become Rookie of the Year,
while Andretti wound up sixth in his
penultimate “500” and four-time winner
Big Al finished 27th in his final run.
(LEFT) Emerson Fittipaldi and Nigel Mansell were two of the Formula 1
World Champions in the star-studded 1993 Indianapolis 500 field,
with Mario Andretti and Nelson Piquet making it four in total.
(ABOVE) Emmo took his second victory at The Brickyard, but riled the
traditionalists by sipping Brazilian orange juice instead of Indiana milk.
77th Indianapolis 500
Arie Luyendyk, 223.967mph
Emerson Fittipaldi, 157.207mph
Second: Arie Luyendyk
Winning margin: 2.862sec
Lead changes: 23 among 12 drivers
(MAIN) Coming out of
Michael Andretti’s draft, Rick
Mears sets himself up for an
outside pass through Turn 1 –
the race-winning move in
the 75th Indianapolis 500.