Mears used high pass to beat Andretti
May 26, 1991 - Rick Mears streaked into Indy 500 history as he joined A.J. Foyt and Al Unser Sr. as the only drivers to win the race four times.
Mears, 39, got into the Indy record book after outracing Michael Andretti in a brilliant duel. Andretti had a lead of almost 15 seconds before making a pit stop for a brief splash of fuel when the yellow flag came out 15 laps from the end. When Andretti returned to the track, Mears was the leader, but not for long as Andretti made a bold move and passed him.
However, on the next lap, the usually conservative Mears returned the favor and passed Andretti on the high side and pulled away. "I don't know if I ever did that before," Mears said. "I got the draft down the straightaway, he stayed down low, and my tires were cool and fresh."
The first to win from the pole position three times -- and in three different decades -- Mears won by 3.1 seconds with an average speed of 176.46 miles per hour in his Penske-Chevrolet.
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