Goodyear says all he needed was 100 yards

May 25, 1992|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Staff Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Scott Goodyear is happy today, but yesterday he nearly went over the moon.

He came within .043 of a second of winning the Indianapolis 500.

"I think if I had had another 100 yards, I could have beaten Al," said Goodyear.

"I think, if there had been another 100 yards, he probably would have beaten me," said Al Unser Jr., who was thankful the finish line was where it was. "I was loose coming out of Turn 4 and I feathered it a little, and Scott was all over me. He seemed to get a boost of power coming out of 4. It really might have been the difference, if we had to go any farther."

As it was, Goodyear could only rejoice. He had taken the last car in the field, a car he didn't even qualify, to second place. It is a feat accomplished by only one other man, Tom Sneva in 1980.

* On a cold day, with veterans and rookies crashing all around her, Lyn St. James did something 21 other drivers didn't. She finished the Indianapolis 500 with her car still running.

"The car ran perfectly and we didn't have to change a thing all day," she said, after driving home in 11th place. "I'm very proud. But it was hard not to feel a sense of defeat, when drivers like A.J. Foyt are driving past you . . . I'm hungry to do more."

At one point, during one of the those rare instances when the green flag was out for an extended period, St. James was clocked running laps at 207 mph, while then-leader Michael Andretti was running 224 mph.

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