MAR 18th 2016

Video: 'Full Throttle' – Luyendyk Smashes Indy 500 Record

The 1990 Indianapolis 500, the 74th running of America’s greatest race at the legendary Brickyard, went into the record books – and stayed there for almost a quarter of a century.

The third round of the CART IndyCar World Series at motorsport’s temple of speed was won by Arie Luyendyk, the Dutchman’s Shierson Racing Lola-Chevrolet completing the 500-mile race in 2h41m – one of only nine events to finish in under three hours since it first ran in 1911.

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Luyendyk only led 37 of the 200 laps, but was there when it counted and stopped the clock at an average speed of 185.98mph, including pitstops. It was a marker that added almost 15mph to the previous record, set by Bobby Rahal in 1986.

Luyendyk’s Domino’s Pizza-sponsored Lola held off Rahal for his maiden series win, with 1989 winner Emerson Fittipaldi taking third for Penske.

Commentator Bobby Unser, himself a three-time Indy 500 winner, predicted at the end that it would be a long time before Luyendyk’s winning speed would be bettered, and he wasn’t wrong. Not until 2013, when Brazilian Tony Kanaan won for KV Racing at 187.4mph, would the 24-year-old benchmark be eclipsed.

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