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Indy 500 champions choose 1992 finish as greatest race

  • FILE - In this May 24, 1992, file photo, Al Unser Jr., top, of Albuquerque, N.M., wins the Indianapolis 500 by less than a car length ahead of Scott Goodyear, of Canada, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.  (AP Photo/David Boe, File)

    FILE - In this May 24, 1992, file photo, Al Unser Jr., top, of Albuquerque, N.M., wins the Indianapolis 500 by less than a car length ahead of Scott Goodyear, of Canada, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David Boe, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 28, 2006, file photo, Sam Hornish Jr., left, pumps his fist as he beats Marco Andretti to the finish line to win the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.  (AP Photo/Dave Parker, File)

    FILE - In this May 28, 2006, file photo, Sam Hornish Jr., left, pumps his fist as he beats Marco Andretti to the finish line to win the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Dave Parker, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 31, 1982, file photo, Gordon Johncock (20) and Rick Mears (1) race in the Indianapolis 500 auto race in Indianapolis. Johncock beat Mears by 0.16 second. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this May 31, 1982, file photo, Gordon Johncock (20) and Rick Mears (1) race in the Indianapolis 500 auto race in Indianapolis. Johncock beat Mears by 0.16 second. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

There have been 99 editions of the Indianapolis 500 and many great finishes.

In the lead-up to the 100th running of the "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" next Sunday, The Associated Press interviewed the 27 living race winners on topics ranging from the greatest driver to most memorable moment.

Their pick as the greatest race in history: Al Unser Jr.'s victory over Scott Goodyear in 1992. Unser wobbled just a bit in the final turner, Goodyear weaved behind him down the straightaway, then dove inside as the two cars crossed the finish line. The margin of Unser's victory was just 0.043 seconds.

Four other races received multiple votes: Unser's loss to Emerson Fittipaldi in the 1989 race; the 2006 race when Sam Hornish Jr. passed Marco Andretti within sight of the finish; the 1982 battle between Rick Mears and Gordon Johncock; and the 2011 race won by the late Dan Wheldon.