IRL: Indy 500 Legends of the Speedway

HONOR ROLL: LEGENDS OF THE SPEEDWAY FOR 2000 Andretti, Mears, Fittipaldi, Granatelli, Nalon, Leonard to be honored during Indy 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000 - A capsule look at the Indianapolis 500 careers of the five...

HONOR ROLL: LEGENDS OF THE SPEEDWAY FOR 2000 Andretti, Mears, Fittipaldi, Granatelli, Nalon, Leonard to be honored during Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000 - A capsule look at the Indianapolis 500 careers of the five drivers - Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Joe Leonard, Rick Mears and Duke Nalon - and car owner Andy Granatelli, who will be saluted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May as Legends of the Speedway. Dates for appearances of the Legends are: *May 14: Joe Leonard *May 15: Duke Nalon *May 16: Emerson Fittipaldi *May 17: Rick Mears *May 18: Mario Andretti *May 19: Andy Granatelli This will be the third consecutive year for great racing personalities of the past to enjoy once again a day in the sun at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They will be interviewed over the track public-address system, take a lap around the track to acknowledge the fans and meet the world media during a press conference.

JOE LEONARD (May 14) *Best finish: Third (1967, 1972) *Best start: First (1968) *First start: 1965 (Started 27th, finished 29th) *Final start: 1973 (Started 29th, finished 18th) *Career starts: 9 *Event records, honors: Set one- and four-lap qualification records while winning pole in 1968 in turbine-engine car owned by Andy Granatelli.

DUKE NALON (May 15) *Best finish: Third (1948) *Best start: First (1951) *First start: 1938 (Started 33rd, finished 11th) *Final start: 1953 (Started 26th, finished 11th) *Career starts: 10 *Event records, honors: Won pole in 1951 in legendary, powerful Novi, setting one-lap and four-lap qualification records.

EMERSON FITTIPALDI (May 16) *Best finish: First (1989, 1993) *Best start: First (1990) *First start: 1984 (Started 23rd, finished 32nd) *Final start: 1994 (Started third, finished 17th) *Career starts: 11 *Event records, honors: Became first driver to surpass 225 mph at Speedway with lap of 225.575 in 1990 ... Late duel with Al Unser Jr. in 1989 one of the m ost memorable finishes in motorsports history .. Fourth-leading Indy 500 money winner of all time with $4,042,767 ... Only Brazilian to win Indianapolis 500.

RICK MEARS (May 17) *Best finish: First (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991) *Best start: First (1979, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991) *First start: 1978 (Started third, finished 23rd) *Final start: 1992 (Started ninth, finished 26th) *Career starts: 15 *Event records, honors: One of only three four-time winners of the Indianapolis 500. Others are A.J. Foyt and Al Unser ... Only driver to win Indy in three different decades ... Holds race record for poles (six), front-row starts (11), consecutive front-row starts (six), consecutive races led (six) ... Set four-lap track record five times (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989), an event record ... Set one-lap track record five times (1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989), sharing record with Mario Andretti ... Only three-time winner from the pole (1979, 1988, 1991) ... Became first driver to surpass 220 mph at Speedway with lap of 220.453 in 1988 ... Second-leading Indy 500 money winner of all time with $4,299,392 ... 1978 co-Rookie of the Year after starting third, finishing 23rd.

MARIO ANDRETTI (May 18) *Best finish: First (1969) *Best start: First (1966, 1967, 1987) *First start: 1965 (Started fourth, finished third) *Final start: 1994 (Started ninth, finished 32nd) *Career starts: 29 *Event records, honors: Second in all-time Indy 500 starts with 29, trailing only A.J. Foyt's 35 ... Third on all-time laps led list at Indy with 556 ... Fourth on all-time miles completed list at Indy with 7,625 ... Set one-lap track record five times (1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1984), sharing record with Rick Mears ... 1965 Rookie of the Year after starting fourth, finishing third.

ANDY GRANATELLI (May 19) *Event records, honors: Introduced turbine engine to Indianapolis in late 1960s ... Owned car driven to victory by Mario Andretti in 1969 ... Owned turbine-powered car that Joe Leonard drove to pole, one- and four-lap qualification records in 1968 ... Renowned for outlandish team uniforms, securing STP sponsorship and planting kiss on Andretti in Victory Lane in 1969.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Andretti , Rick Mears , Joe Leonard , Emerson Fittipaldi , A.J. Foyt , Al Unser