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Highlights from the 62nd running of the Indianapolis 500

  • FILE - In this May 28, 1978 file photo, Janet Guthrie is all smiles as her pit crew swarms around her following the 62nd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race in Indianapolis, Ind. Guthrie became first woman ever to finish in the Memorial Day Classic. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this May 28, 1978 file photo, Janet Guthrie is all smiles as her pit crew swarms around her following the 62nd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race in Indianapolis, Ind. Guthrie became first woman ever to finish in the Memorial Day Classic. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 28, 1978 file photo, Al Unser crosses the finish line to win the 62nd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind.  (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this May 28, 1978 file photo, Al Unser crosses the finish line to win the 62nd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 28, 1978 file photo, Al Unser waves three fingers in Victory Lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after winning the 62nd Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this May 28, 1978 file photo, Al Unser waves three fingers in Victory Lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after winning the 62nd Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

RACE: 62nd Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 28, 1978

WINNER: Al Unser Sr.

AVERAGE SPEED: 161.363 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Although he dominated the second half of the race, Unser bent his front wing during a pit stop on lap 180. It allowed second-place finisher Tom Sneva to close within 8 seconds — the second-closest finish in Indy history to that point. Unser's victory was the first at Indy for the Cosworth DFX V8 engine, and the British-based company won the Indy 500 for 10 consecutive years.

NOTABLE: Janet Guthrie finished ninth and later revealed she drove with a broken wrist. Tony Hulman's widow, Mary F. Hulman, delivered the starting command for the first time. It was the final Indy 500 contested before the formation of CART.