Sports

Highlights from the 53rd running of the Indianapolis 500

  • FILE - In this May 30, 1969, file photo, Jim McElreath, of Arlington, Texas, leaps from his burning racer on the homestretch during the 53rd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis, Ind.  (AP Photo)

    FILE - In this May 30, 1969, file photo, Jim McElreath, of Arlington, Texas, leaps from his burning racer on the homestretch during the 53rd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 30, 1969, file photo, race car driver Mario Andretti waves from the winner's circle after winning the 53rd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at  Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind.  (AP Photo/ File)

    FILE - In this May 30, 1969, file photo, race car driver Mario Andretti waves from the winner's circle after winning the 53rd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/ File)  (The Associated Press)

RACE: 53rd Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 1969

WINNER: Mario Andretti

AVERAGE SPEED: 156.867 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Andretti led the final 194 laps to earn the only Indianapolis 500 for the Andretti family, a drought known today as "The Andretti Curse."

NOTABLE: Al Unser Sr. crashed his motorcycle in the infield the night before qualifications. He missed the race with a broken leg.