The path to Al Unser Jr.’s second Indianapolis 500 victory a quarter of a century ago started out as a secret that remained unrevealed about a new powerful engine that failed repeatedly in initial tests amid freezing January temperatures on a snow-plowed Nazareth Speedway.
Many recall how that Indy 500 was won — Team Penske Emerson Fittipaldi dominated until crashing in Turn 4 on Lap 185 while trying to lap teammate Unser’s second-place car.
“He lives every day of his life, in terms of racing, thinking about how he can improve his chances of winning another Indianapolis 500,” Barnhart said.
The 78th Running of the Indianapolis 500 was held on Sunday, May 29, 1994 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Al Unser Jr. held on from pole-position to win his second Indianapolis 500.