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Heroes of the 500 | The 1970's
May. 21, 2015
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1970's 500 Winners | 10 Photos
In just his second Indianapolis 500, Rick Mears became a winner, piloting the Gould Charge to Victory Lane from the pole for Roger Penske. Mears led just 25 laps, and took control when teammate Bobby Unser's car faltered late.
Al Unser joined the "three-time" winners club in 1978, pushing his Jim Hall Chaparral to the win over Tom Sneva. Unser led a race-high 121 laps.
Ten years after winning his third Indianapolis 500, A.J. Foyt made history, becoming the first driver to score four "500" wins at the Brickyard. Foyt grabbed the win after Gordon Johncock dropped out after pacing the field for 129 laps.
The shortest Indianapolis 500 by distance went to Johnny Rutherford in 1976. "Lone Star JR" walked into Victory Lane after the race was called just two laps past halfway.
Bobby Unser beat a strong Indiana thunderstorm to grab his second Indianapolis 500 win in 1975. Unser led only 11 laps, including the last 10 on the way to Victory Lane.
On his 11th try, Johnny Rutherford roared from 25th starting position to grab his first Indianapolis 500 win in 1974. Despite starting in row 9, Rutherford still managed to lead a race-high 122 laps, the most he led in any "500".
In the year most fans want to forget, Gordon Johncock won his first Indianapolis 500 in a rain-shortened 133-lap race. Johncock led 64 laps of the rain-plagued race.
After dropping out in contention in 1971, Mark Donohue gave car-owner Roger Penske his first "500" win in 1972. His teammate, popular driver, Gary Bettenhausen dropped out with ignition failure with just 18 laps to go after leading 138 laps.
Al Unser went back-to-back in 1971, bringing the Johnny Lightning Special home for a second-straight "500" victory. Unser led a race-high 103 laps.
After missing the 1969 "500" due to a motorcycle accident in the Speedway infield, Al Unser finally matched brother Bobby as a winner of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing in 1970. Unser dominated the field, leading 190 of the 200 laps.