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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Mears outduels Unser, Foyt for first Indy win
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
May 27, 1979
The number 27 appears to be good luck for Rick Mears. It's his age when he becomes the youngest driver to win the Indy 500 in 27 years.
In only his second start in the Indy 500, Mears, who started from the pole position, takes control when leader Bobby Unser, Sr. loses his fourth gear on the 181st lap.
Mears pilots his Gould Charge to almost a lap victory over A.J. Foyt, who nurses a sick engine to finish second. In becoming the youngest winner since 22-year-old Troy Ruttman in 1952, Mears averages 158.899 miles per hour.
"Rick drove a great race and stayed out of trouble," says four-time winner Foyt. By 1991, Mears will join Foyt and Al Unser, Sr. as the winningest Indy drivers with four victories each.
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