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Highlights from the 68th running of the Indianapolis 500

FILE - In this May 22, 1984 file photo, Rick Mears signals his second Indianapolis 500 victory after the 68th running of the auto race in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/Charlie Bennett, File)

FILE - In this May 22, 1984 file photo, Rick Mears signals his second Indianapolis 500 victory after the 68th running of the auto race in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/Charlie Bennett, File)  (The Associated Press)

RACE: 68th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 27, 1984

WINNER: Rick Mears

AVERAGE SPEED: 163.612 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Mears won his second Indy 500 with ease as contenders Tom Sneva and Mario Andretti dropped out of the race in the second half. That left Mears alone two laps ahead of the field and able to cruise to the victory. Three months after the race, Mears suffered severe leg injuries in a crash during practice at Sanair Super Speedway in Canada.

NOTABLE: Three rookies finished in the top five: Roberto Guerrero (2nd), Al Holbert (4th) and Michael Andretti (5th), and Guerrero and Andretti shared the rookie of the year award. Sportswriter-turned-racer Pat BeDard wrecked on lap 58. Emerson Fittipaldi made his debut in the race.