Nascar

Highlights from the 66th running of the Indianapolis 500

  • FILE - In this May 30, 1982 file photo, Gordon Johncock pilots his Wildcat-Cosworth across the finish line to take the checkered flag and win the 66th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race in Indianapolis, Ind.  (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this May 30, 1982 file photo, Gordon Johncock pilots his Wildcat-Cosworth across the finish line to take the checkered flag and win the 66th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -  In this May 30, 1982 file photo, driver Gordon Johncock (20) leads pole-sitter Rick Mears  down the straightway into turn one during the closing laps in the 66th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. . (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this May 30, 1982 file photo, driver Gordon Johncock (20) leads pole-sitter Rick Mears down the straightway into turn one during the closing laps in the 66th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. . (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

RACE: 66th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 1982

WINNER: Gordon Johncock

AVERAGE SPEED: 162.029 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Johncock beat Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds, the closest finish in Indy 500 history to that point. The two dueled for the final 40 laps, too, making it one of the best races in history.

NOTABLE: Gordon Smiley was killed when he crashed during qualifying and his body tumbled for hundreds of feet between turns 3 and 4, the helmet ripped from his head. His death was the first at Indy since 1973. Kevin Cogan started from the middle of the front row between pole-sitter Mears and A.J. Foyt. As the field approached the start, Cogan suddenly swerved right to trigger a crash that collected Foyt, Mario Andretti, Geoff Brabham and Roger Mears. Cogan was blacklisted in the industry, rebuked by Andretti — who said "this is what happens when you have children doing a man's job up front" — and he was ultimately fired by Roger Penske.