There were several outstanding events which made this a memorable year at the Speedway, including the failure of both Penske owned cars to qualify, the first time since 1962 that a member of the Unser family wasn’t in the race, the great improvement in the Honda engine, the return of Firestone tires, the near-fatal crash of Stan Fox at the start of the race, the strange self-imposed departure of Scott Goodyear from the race when he seemed to have it won, and the winner having to drive 505 miles to win the race.
Category: Historic Indy 500 Journals
Indy journal: 1993
The big events concerning this year’s race were the many changes made at the Speedway since last year’s race, the subsequent drop in speed, the retirement of two of the race’s four-time winners, the unexpected failure of another former winner to qualify for the race, and the outstanding performance of one of the most popular rookies in Speedway history. On the personal side, the first day of time trials was one of the finest I've ever had, and a mental mistake on my part almost cost us a chance to see the race.
Indy journal: 1992
This year's race will go down in history as one of the weirdest and most unexpected in history, highlighted by the large amount of caution time, cold weather, and the closest finish in the race's history. Four drivers made the most news at the Speedway this year. They were Roberto Guerrero, Michael Andretti, Al Unser, Jr., and Scott Goodyear.
Indy journal: 1991
The third consecutive year of rain on the first day of time trials, the possibility of not being able to see the race because of rain, Rick Mears's fourth race victory, and the appearance of Norman Schwarzkopf at the race were among the highlights at the Speedway this year.
Indy journal: 1990
The second consecutive year of having the first day of time trials washed out, the unexpected victory of Arie Luyendyk, and the unbelievable 15 mph increase in the winner’s average speed were the highlights of this year at the Speedway.
Indy journal: 1996
Note from Paul: In 1954, my father, David Dalbey, attended his first Indianapolis 500 with his father and aunt. Several years later, he started recording his experiences in detailed, handwritten journals. He continued this ritual until his final year of attendance in 2019, at which time his health precluded him from continuing the practice. Several …