Raindrops Keep Falling On The Track?

SPEEDWAY, IN: For the second consecutive day, persistent rain has
washed away practice for the 92nd Indianapolis 500. With only one day
remaining before Saturday’s run for the Pole, and an optimistic weather
forecast for both Fast Friday and Pole Day, we can look forward to plenty of

Trivia for a rainy day: If Mad Max Papis qualifies for this year’s
Race, he will be led to the green flag by his father-in-law!

The Corvette pace car is being driven this year by two time Speedway
champion Emerson Fittipaldi, who happens to be the father of Max’s wife!

The only other time we can think of when something similar took place
was in 1980. That year the Pontiac Trans-Am pace car was driven by 1950
Indy winner, Johnnie Parsons. Back in seventh starting position was his
son, Johnny Parsons, who only managed to go only 44 more laps than his
dad that year!

Oh, wait…there’s more. In 1989, three time 500 winner Bobby Unser was
the pace car chauffeur, and led both brother Al and nephew Al Jr. to
the green flag. Al Jr. nearly won the Race, crashing while battling for
the lead with two laps to go after tangling with…Emerson Fittipaldi!
Strange? Perhaps…

In 1992, Bobby Unser was again behind the wheel of the pace car, with
both his brother and nephew in the line-up and, this time, Al Jr. took
the win after his Marboro Penske teammate…Emerson Fittipaldi
(!)…crashed out of the lead. Stranger? Certainly…

Speaking of the Unsers: we all know that three Unser brothers qualified
for one or more Indy 500’s in their careers: Jerry, with his only
start in 1958, and multiple winners Bobby and Al Sr. But…do you also
remember that all three brothers produced sons that also became Indy 500
qualifiers? They were Johnny, Robby and Al Jr. respectively!

And…with all that Unser talent, no one in the clan ever won Rookie of
the Year!!!

This is getting too weird, and I’m rambling. I’ll blame it on the

Stay tuned…

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