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[...] By winning his third 500 here, Mears joined Louis Meyer, Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose, Bobby Unser and Rutherford, one win behind Al Unser and Foyt. It also was the 13th time in 72 races that the pole-sitter emerged the winner.
The crashing and the yellow flags started early.
Sullivan, Mears and Unser had no more than led the field through the first turn safely than Scott Brayton spun in the second turn, taking Roberto Guerrero and Tony Bettenhausen with him.
"I feel terrible, especially for the Guerrero team," Brayton said.
Guerrero was stoic about his fate.
"Someone spun in front of me and there was nothing I could do," Guerrero said. It ended a remarkable streak for the young Colombian driver who in four races here had finished 2-3-4-2.
Bettenhausen was not so charitable.
"I shouldn't have ever been in the wreck," he said. "We're supposed to be professionals and I only got around one turn and wrecked a $150,000 car."
All the other accidents were single car crashes, involving, in order, Teo Fabi, Tom Sneva, A.J. Foyt, Ludwig Heimrath, Steve Chassey, Sullivan, Johnny Rutherford and Vogler.
Two, Fabi's and Vogler's, had unusual twists.
Fabi, in the first Porsche-powered car ever to run at Indy, came into the pits for his first stop, took on fuel and tires, hit the accelerator and smacked the pit wall. Some one had not tightened the lug nuts.
[Picture / Caption: When Scott Brayton (No 91) hit the wall in Turn 2 of the first lap of Sunday's Indy 500, he took Roberto Guerrero (right) with him.]