Key dates in Goodyear Racing history, May 24-30

Key Dates in Goodyear Racing History Highlighting the accomplishments of Goodyear engineers and Goodyear-equipped racers May 24, 1981 -- Bobby Unser wins the Indianapolis 500. May 24, 1987 -- Al Unser wins the Indianapolis 500 on Goodyear...

Key Dates in Goodyear Racing History
Highlighting the accomplishments of Goodyear engineers and Goodyear-equipped racers

May 24, 1981 -- Bobby Unser wins the Indianapolis 500.

May 24, 1987 -- Al Unser wins the Indianapolis 500 on Goodyear tires six years to the day after one of his brother's victories, which also came on Goodyear tires.

May 24, 1992 -- Al Unser Jr. edges Scott Goodyear by just .043 of a second in the closest finish ever in the Indianapolis 500. Both drivers raced on Goodyear tires. It is five years to the day after Al Unser Sr. won the race and 12 years after Bobby Unser, Al Jr.'s uncle, won the race.

May 24, 1998 -- Eddie Cheever wins the Indianapolis 500.

May 25, 1975 -- Bobby Unser wins the Indianapolis 500.

May 25, 1998 -- Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver win the one-hour, 45 minute sports car race at Lime Rock in their Riley&Scott.

May 25, 1980 -- Johnny Rutherford wins his third Indianapolis 500. All of Rutherford's wins at the Brickyard come on Goodyear tires.

May 25, 1997 --Jacques Villeneuve, driving a Williams, wins the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona. It is the 350th Formula One victory for Goodyear, more wins than all other tiremakers combined had at the time. By the time Goodyear retires from Formula One racing, it would have 368 victories, 358 poles, and be a part of 25 driving championships.

May 26, 1985 -- Bobby Rahal wins the closest 1, 2, 3 finish in the history of the Indianapolis 500 and he does it on Goodyear tires. Kevin Cogan and Rick Mears chase Rahal to the finish.

May 27, 1972 -- Mark Donohue wins the Indianapolis 500.

May 26, 1974 -- Johnny Rutherford wins the Indianapolis 500. It is Rutherford 's first of three Indy wins. In another part of the world, Ronnie Peterson drives his Lotus to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix and wins Goodyear's 50th race in Formula One competition.

May 26, 1985 -- Danny Sullivan, racing on Goodyear tires, beats Mario Andretti in a tremendous race to win the Indianapolis 500.

May 26, 1991 -- Rick Mears wins the Indianapolis 500.

May 27, 1979 -- Rick Mears wins the Indianapolis 500.

May 27, 1984 -- Rick Mears wins the Indianapolis 500, five years to the day after winning the 1979 classic.

May 27, 1990 -- Arie Luyendyk wins the Indianapolis 500.

May 28, 1973 -- Gordon Johncock becomes the fifth driver to win the Indianapolis 500 on Goodyear tires.

May 28, 1978 -- Al Unser wins the Indianapolis 500.

May 28, 1989 -- Emerson Fittipaldi wins the Indianapolis 500.

May 28, 1995 -- Jacques Villeneuve wins the Indianapolis 500.

May 29, 1977 -- A.J. Foyt wins the Indianapolis 500 on Goodyear tires. Foyt becomes the first driver to win the race four times.

May 29, 1982 -- Don "The Snake" Prudhomme uses Goodyear tires to record the first 250-mph lap in NHRA Funny Car history at Baton Rouge, La. Prudhomme's speed is exactly 250.00.

May 29, 1983 -- Tom Sneva wins the Indianapolis 500.

May 29, 1988 -- Rick Mears wins the Indianapolis 500.

May 29, 1994 -- Al Unser Jr. wins the Indianapolis 500. Damon Hill brings Goodyear's Formula One victory total to a stratospheric 300 when he captures the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona in his Williams.

May 30, 1919 -- Howdy Wilcox wins the Indianapolis 500 on Goodyear tires. It is Goodyear's first victory in the race.

May 30, 1967 -- A.J. Foyt wins the Indianapolis 500 on Goodyear tires. It is Goodyear's first victory at Indianapolis since the company's official return to racing in 1958. The win comes 48 years to the day after Howdy Wilcox became the first to win at Indy on Goodyear tires.

May 30, 1976 -- Johnny Rutherford wins his second Indianapolis 500. Rutherford goes on to win the race three times, all on Goodyear tires.

May 30, 1982 -- Gordon Johncock, depending on his Goodyear tires, beats Rick Mears by .16 of a second in what was then the closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history.

May 30, 1993 -- Emerson Fittipaldi wins the Indianapolis 500 on Goodyear tires.

May 30, 1999 -- Kenny Brack, racing on Goodyear tires for A.J. Foyt, wins the Indianapolis 500 exactly 80 years after the first Goodyear victory at Indy with Howdy Wilcox behind the wheel.

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Series History
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Arie Luyendyk , Scott Goodyear , Bobby Rahal , Kenny Brack , Al Unser Sr. , Rick Mears , Bobby Unser , Tom Sneva , Danny Sullivan , Damon Hill , Emerson Fittipaldi , Gordon Johncock , Kevin Cogan , Ronnie Peterson , A.J. Foyt , Mark Donohue , Johnny Rutherford , Al Unser
Teams Williams