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For Immediate Release LUYENDYK WINS '97 500 IN 3rd CLOSEST FINISH IN HISTORY INDIANAPOLIS, May 27, 1997 Arie Luyendyk wheeled into the lead seven laps from the finish Tuesday and recorded his second Indianapolis 500 victory by .57 of a ...

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LUYENDYK WINS '97 500 IN 3rd CLOSEST FINISH IN HISTORY

INDIANAPOLIS, May 27, 1997 Arie Luyendyk wheeled into the lead seven laps from the finish Tuesday and recorded his second Indianapolis 500 victory by .57 of a second over Treadway Racing teammate Scott Goodyear in the third closest finish in "500" history. Luyendyk, the 1990 winner who had been in command four previous times in the race, took the lead from Goodyear on the back straightaway on the 194th of the 200 circuits around the 2 1/2-mile oval and survived a last-lap restart to claim the victory. Rookie Jeff Ward, who led 49 laps during the race and had turned the lead over to Goodyear with eight laps remaining, finished third, followed by defending "500" winner Buddy Lazier and second-place starter Tony Stewart. The finish followed only Al Unser Jr.'s victory by .043 of a second over Goodyear in 1992 and Gordon Johncock's .16 of a second win over Rick Mears in 1982 as the closest finishes in the "500." "I had to work a lot harder today than in ‘90," Luyendyk said. "It was a lot more difficult today, therefore, more gratifying. I ran this thing hard all day." For Goodyear, it was his second runner-up finish at Indianapolis by less than a second. He fell short by .043 of a second to Al Unser Jr. in 1992. "I'm obviously disappointed," he said. "I'm not here for second so it doesn't feel good at all. If I had to lose, I guess I have to lose to my teammate." The race marked the first time since Rodger Ward and Len Sutton finished 1-2 for the Leader Card team in 1962 that teammates had captured the top two positions of a "500." Since 15 laps of the race were run on Monday before rain postponed it, Stewart became the second driver to lead the same race on two different dates, joining Parnelli Jones, who led both days of the rain-delayed race in 1967. Two other rookies finished in the top 10 - Billy Boat in seventh and Robbie Groff in ninth. Boat, who started 22nd, led the 51st lap. In all, seven drivers led the race, with Lazier and Robbie Buhl joining Luyendyk, Stewart, Ward, Goodyear and Boat. Although several accidents occurred, Paul Durant was the only driver transported to Methodist Hospital. Durant and rookie Billy Roe tangled in Turn 3 on Lap 114 and Durant was admitted to Methodist with a broken pelvis and a concussion, otherwise in good condition. Stewart had the fastest lap of the race on Lap 105 at 215.626 miles an hour. Luyendyk had the fastest leading lap on the 108th circuit at 215.115. Mike Groff, who finished 12th, continues to lead the 1996-97 Indy Racing League point standings. Groff now has 148 points to lead Davey Hamilton, who finished sixth, by five.

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UNOFFICIAL BOX SCORE 81st Running - May 27, 1997 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race F S Laps Running/ P P CAR DRIVER CAR NAME YR/C/E/T Comp Reason 1 1 5 WF Arie Luyendyk Wavephore/Sprint PCS/Miller Lite/Provimi G/A/F 200 Running 2 5 6 F Scott Goodyear Nortel/Sprint PCS/Quebecor Printing G/A/F 200 Running 3 7 52 R Jeff Ward FirstPlus Team Cheever G/A/G 200 Running 4 10 91 WF Buddy Lazier Delta Faucet-Montana-Hemelgarn Racing D/A/F 200 Running 5 2 2 F Tony Stewart Glidden/Menards/Special G/A/F 200 Running 6 8 14 F Davey Hamilton AJ Foyt PowerTeam Racing G/A/G 199 Running 7 22 11 R Billy Boat Conseco AJ Foyt Racing D/A/G 199 Running 8 4 3 F Robbie Buhl Quaker State/Special G/A/F 199 Running 9 21 30 RF Robbie Groff Alfa-Laval/Team Losi/McCormack Motorsports G/A/G 197 Running 10 29 33 F Fermin Velez Old Navy Scandia Royal Purple Alta Xcel D/A/G 195 Running 11 16 12 F Buzz Calkins Bradley Food Marts G/A/G 188 Rt Half Shaft 12 18 10 F Mike Groff Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria/Visionaire/Bryant G/I/F 188 Running 13 34 90 Lyn St. James LifetimeTV-Cinergy-Delta Faucet-Hemelgarn D/I/F 186 Accident T4 14 20 44 R Steve Kinser SRS/One Call/Menards/Quaker State/St. Elmo's D/A/G 185 Accident T4 15 28 54 F Dennis Vitolo SmithKline Beecham/Kroger/Beck Motorsports D/I/F 173 Running 16 27 22 F Marco Greco Side Play Int'l Sport Scandia Alta Xcel D/A/G 166 Gearbox 17 3 8 RF Vincenzo Sospiri Old Navy Scandia Royal Purple Alta Xcel D/A/G 163 Running 18 35 9 Johnny Unser Delta Faucet-Montana-Cinergy-Hemelgarn D/I/F 158 Oil Pressure 19 26 18 RF Tyce Carlson Klipsch Tnemec Overhead Door Pyle V-Line Earl's D/A/G 156 Accident, T2 20 17 40 RF Dr. Jack Miller AMS/Crest Racing/Trane/Spot-On D/I/F 131 Accident, T3 21 33 1 F Paul Durant Conseco AJ Foyt Racing G/A/G 111 Accident, T3 22 24 50 R Billy Roe Sega/Progressive Elect./KECO/U.J.T./Eurointernat'l D/A/F 110 Accident, T3 23 11 51 F Eddie Cheever, Jr. FirstPlus Team Cheever G/A/G 84 Timing Chain 24 9 7 F Eliseo Salazar Copec/Cristal/Scandia D/A/G 70 Accident, T2 25r 30 97 R Greg Ray Tobacco Free Kids D/A/F 48 Water Pump 26 6 27 F Jim Guthrie Blueprint/Jacuzzi/Armour Golf/ERTL D/A/F 43 Engine 27 19 21 F Roberto Guerrero Pennzoil-Pagan Racing Dallara Infiniti D/I/G 25 Steering Gear 28 25 28 F Mark Dismore Kelley Automotive Mechanics Laundry Bombardier Grainger D/A/G 24 Accident, T4 29 12 42 Robby Gordon Coors Light G/A/G 19 Fire 30 32 72 R Claude Bourbonnais Blueprint/Jacuzzi/Armour Golf/ERTL D/A/F 9 Engine 31 13 77 F Stephan Gregoire Chastain Motorsports-Estridge-Miller-Eads G/A/G 0 Accident, T4 32 14 17 RF Affonso Giaffone General Motors Brazil Chitwood Dallara D/A/G 0 Accident, T4 33 15 4 RF Kenny Brack Monsoon Galles Racing G/A/G 0 Accident, T4 34 23 16 R Sam Schmidt Blueprint/HOPE Prepaid Fuel Card D/A/F 0 Engine 35 31 34 Alessandro Zampedri Mi-Jack Scandia Royal Purple D/A/G 0 Oil Leak

Time of Race: 3.25:43.388 Average Speed: 145.827 Margin of Victory: 0.570 Fastest Lap: #2 Tony Stewart, Lap 105 - 215.626 Leading Lap: #5 Arie Luyendyk, Lap 108 - 215.115 LEGEND: SP-Start Position; R-Rookie; W-Former Winner; F-Officially In The Field. CHASSIS LEGEND: D-Dallara; G-G Force. ENGINE LEGEND: A-Oldsmobile Aurora V-8; I-Nissan Infiniti Indy V-8. TIRE LEGEND: F-Firestone; G-Goodyear.

Lap Leaders:  
1 - 50  #2  Tony Stewart
51 - 51  #11  Billy Boat
52 - 62  #2  Tony Stewart
63 - 78  #5  Arie Luyendyk
79 - 79  #2  Tony Stewart
80 - 82  #91  Buddy Lazier
83 - 109  #5  Arie Luyendyk
110 -111  #2  Tony Stewart
112 -115  #91  Buddy Lazier
116 -131  #3  Robbie Buhl
132 -140  #5  Arie Luyendyk
141 -141  #6  Scott Goodyear
142 -166  #52  Jeff Ward
167 -168  #5  Arie Luyendyk
169 -192  #52  Jeff Ward
193 -193  #6  Scott Goodyear  
194 -200  #5  Arie Luyendyk          
            
Lap Leader Summary:        
#2  Tony Stewart  64  $28,800  
#5  Arie Luyendyk  61  $27,450  
#52  Jeff Ward  49  $22,050  
#3  Robbie Buhl  16  $7,200    
#91  Buddy Lazier  7  $3,150    
#6  Scott Goodyear  2  $900    
#11  Billy Boat  1  $450

Caution Flags: 20 Pace Lap, Accident, #17 Giaffone, #4 Brack,#77 Gregoire, Turn 4 (4 Caution Laps Run) Laps 10-10 Smoking Car, #72 Bourbonnais Laps 11-14 Moisture Reported Lap 15 Red Flag, Moisture, Postponed Laps 16-18 Race Continues under caution (5/27/97) Laps 20-23 #42 Gordon, Stops in Turn1, Fire Laps 24-28 #44 Kinser,#7 Salazar,#28 Dismore-Accident T4 Laps 59-62 #27 Guthrie stalls on Front Straight Laps 94-99 #7Salazar Spun & Hit wall in Turn 2 Laps 114-123 Accident, #50 Roe & #1Durant, Turn 3 Laps 137-142 Accident, #40 Miller , #10 M.Groff, North short chute Laps 165-169 #18Carlson, Spin, Turn 2.. #9 Unser, Blown Engine T2 Laps 189-193 #44Kinser, Accident, Turn 4. #90 St. James, T4 (stopped in T1) Laps 196-197 Debris Laps 198-199 #2 Stewart Brushed Wall, T4

1996-97 IRL Season Driver Point Standings (after Indianapolis 500 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway - May 27)

No. of Running                         Highest Laps    Laps    Total
Driver                  Starts  Finish Finish  Led   Completed Points
 1  Mike Groff             5  5  2  0   930  148
 2  Davey Hamilton         5  5  3  0   930  143
 3  Buzz Calkins           5  3  2  14  916  137
 4  Tony Stewart           5  2  2  445 805  133
 5  Marco Greco            5  4  4  0   899  131
 6  Roberto Guerrero       5  3  4  0   669  114
 7  Arie Luyendyk          5  2  1  97  584  112
 8  Jim Guthrie (R)        5  3  1  74  574  107
 9  Scott Sharp            4  2  1  22  582  104
10  Buddy Lazier           5  1  4  7   481  102
11  Eddie Cheever, Jr.     5  3  1  4   546  100
12  John Paul, Jr.         4  3  9  22  585  88
13  Stephan Gregoire       5  2  5  0   420  86
14  Robbie Buhl            4  2  8  16  445  84
15  Scott Goodyear         3  2  2  2   401  83
16  Fermin Velez (R)       3  2  9  0   436  72
17  Eliseo Salazar         3  2  7  0   456  65
18  Michele Alboreto       2  2  3  0   397  62
19  Richie Hearn           2  1  1  96  366  59
20  Tyce Carlson (R)       3  1  11 0   396  52
21  Jeff Ward (R)          2  1  3  49  263  51
22  Dr. Jack Miller (R)    3  0  15 0   249  50
23  Affonso Giaffone (R)   3  1  10 13  304  50
24  Mark Dismore           3  0  17 0   216  40
25  Jeret Schroeder (R)    2  0  14  0  144  37
26  Stan Wattles (R)       2  0  16 0   282  36
27  Billy Roe (R)          2  0  15 0   192  33
28  Michel Jourdain, Jr.   1  1  2  0   200  33
29  Johnny Unser           2  0  18 0   225  30
30  Billy Boat (R)         1  1  7  1   199  28
31  Robby Gordon           2  0  14 60  198  27
32  Robbie Groff (R)       1  1  9  0   197  26
33  Kenny Brack (R)        2  0  11 24  145  26
34  Sam Schmidt (R)        2  0  10 0   176  26
35  Brad Murphey (R)       2  0  18 0   105  25
36  Johnny O'Connell       1  0  12 3   183  23
37  Lyn St. James          1  0  13 0   186  22
38  Danny Ongais           1  0  13 0    94  22
39  Steve Kinser (R)       1  0  14 0   185  21
40  Dennis Vitolo          1  1  15 0   173  20
41  Vincenzo Sospiri (R)   1  1  17 0   163  18
42  David Kudrave          1  0  17 0   118  18
43  J.C. Carbonell (R)     1  0  19 0   112  16
44  Joe Gosek              1  0  21 0    30  14
45  Paul Durant            1  0  21 0   111  14
46  Greg Ray (R)           1  0  25 0    48  10
47  Johnny Parsons         1  0  28 0     7  7
48  Claude Bourbonnais (R) 1  0  30 0     0  5
49  Alessandro Zampedri    1  0  35 0  0  1
               
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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Robby Gordon , Buzz Calkins , Greg Ray , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Robbie Buhl , Eliseo Salazar , Buddy Lazier , Stephan Gregoire , Jeff Ward , Davey Hamilton , Scott Sharp , Arie Luyendyk , Billy Boat , Mark Dismore , Jim Guthrie , Scott Goodyear , Jeret Schroeder , Roberto Guerrero , Kenny Brack , Johnny O'Connell , Richie Hearn , Billy Roe , Sam Schmidt , Lyn St. James , Rick Mears , Parnelli Jones , Michele Alboreto , Tyce Carlson , Steve Kinser , Danny Ongais , Stan Wattles , Fermin Velez , Johnny Parsons , Claude Bourbonnais , Gordon Johncock , Johnny Unser , Rodger Ward , John Paul , Vincenzo Sospiri , Michel Jourdain , Jack Miller