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Mears only third person to win four Indy 500's
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

May 26, 1991

Rick Mears streaks into Indy 500 history when he wins the event for the fourth time, joining A.J. Foyt and Al Unser, Sr., as the only drivers to accomplish the feat.

Mears, 39, gets into the Indy record book after outracing Michael Andretti in a brilliant duel. Andretti has a lead of almost 15 seconds before making a pit stop for a brief splash of fuel when the yellow flag comes out 15 laps from the end. When Andretti gets back on the track, Mears is the leader, but not for long as Andretti makes a bold move and passes him.

However, on the next lap, the usually conservative Mears returns the favor and passes Andretti on the high side and pulls away. "I don't know if I ever have done that before," Mears says. "I got the draft down the straightaway, he stayed down low, and my tires were cool and fresh."

Mears races on to win by 3.1 seconds with an average speed is 176.46 miles per hour in his Penske-Chevrolet. He is the first to win from the pole position three times.

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