[From http://www.valvoline.com/happen/] Jacques Villeneuve Wins the 79th Indianapolis 500 Jacques Villeneuve was the winner of the 79th Indianapolis 500 in a bizarre race that was a fitting conclusion to a strange month. Villeneuve...
Jacques Villeneuve Wins the 79th Indianapolis 500
Jacques Villeneuve was the winner of the 79th Indianapolis 500 in a bizarre race that was a fitting conclusion to a strange month.
Villeneuve averaged 153.616 mph in winning by 2.4 seconds over Christian Fittipaldi. Bobby Rahal rounded out the top three.
Villeneuve had an eventful day. He was assessed a 2-lap penalty by USAC for passing the pace car in a yellow flag situation. A gritty drive brought him back to third, but he looked to not have the speed to match the Firestone cars of Scott Goodyear and Scott Pruett.
But when it's your day, it's your day. First Pruett crashed wile pressuring Goodyear. Then, on the ensuing restart, Goodyear was on the power when the light turned green, but he passed the pace car between turns 3 and 4. Goodyear was promptly black flagged, and when Scott failed to heed the black flag, USAC simply stopped scoring laps for him and he was eventually classified 14th, a poor reward after a great drive which deserved victory.
Michael Andretti looked to have the strongest car early, but he crashed after 77 laps avoiding Mauricio Gugelmin, who was entering the pits. Gugelmin finished 6th, behind the surprising Eliseo Salazar and Robby Gordon.
The Menard challenge faded early, as Arie Luyendyk led only 6 laps. Other leaders included Gugelmin, Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, and Raul Boesel, as there were 22 lead changes among 10 drivers.
We'll have a more comprehensive report posted shortly.
Unofficial 1995 Indianapolis 500 Final: Leader: #27 Jacques Villeneuve Second: #15 Christian Fittipaldi Third: #9 Bobby Rahal