Indianapolis 500 champions Mario Andretti, Arie Luyendyk, Bobby Rahal, Johnny Rutherford, Al Unser, Al Unser Jr. and Bobby Unser each will each drive a winning car from "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" around the Brickyard oval during pre-race ceremonies at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29.
The participants, with the years of their victories and the cars they will drive on race morning are as follows:
- Mario Andretti (1969): The Boyle Maserati that won in 1939 and 1940 with Wilbur Shaw.
- Arie Luyendyk (1990, 1997): The No. 30 Domino's Pizza Lola-Chevrolet in which Luyendyk won in 1990. Luyendyk averaged 185.981mph, which stands as the race record.
- Bobby Rahal (1986): The No. 14 Miller that won in 1928 with Louis Meyer.
- Johnny Rutherford (1974, 1976, 1980): The No. 4 Pennzoil Chaparral-Cosworth (foreground, ABOVE) in which Rutherford won in 1980. The car is affectionately nicknamed "The Yellow Submarine."
- Al Unser (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987): The No. 82 Lotus-Ford (middle, ABOVE) that won in 1965 with Jim Clark. This is the first rear-engine car to win the "500."
- Al Unser Jr. (1992, 1994): The Blue Crown Spark Plug Diedt-Offy that won in 1947 and 1948 with Mauri Rose.
- Bobby Unser (1968, 1975, 1981): The No. 8 National that won in 1912 with Joe Dawson. The car features a second seat for a riding mechanic, which will be filled by Unser's wife, Lisa.
"I think it's a great honor to be able run Jimmy Clark's car," Al Unser said. "We were teammates in 1966, so to be able to go back and drive one of his cars that he won with I think is absolutely a great thing."
Said Unser Jr.: "To drive a car of a great racecar driver, Mauri Rose, who was truly the best in his era, is going to be very exciting and memorable. It's something I won't forget for the rest of my life."