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1978 Indianapolis 500


1978 Indianapolis 500


Jim Nabors - Back Home Again In Indiana (1978 Indianapolis 500)


Chevrolet Corvette 1978 - Indianapolis 500 Pace Car


1978 Indianapolis 500 Yearbook


On-Board Lap w/ Mario Andretti from 1966 Indianapolis 500

The 62nd International 500 Mile Sweepstakes was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana on Sunday, May 28, 1978. Danny Ongais dominated the early stages of the race but eventually dropped out with a blown engine. Al Unser, Sr. dominated the second half, and held a large lead late in the race. However, Unser bent his Lola's front wing during a pit stop on lap 180, causing his handling to go away over the final 20 laps. Second place Tom Sneva charged to catch the crippled Lola but came up 8 seconds short at the finish – the second-closest finish in Indy history to that point. Unser held off the challenge, and became a three-time winner of the 500.
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