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Johncock edges Mears by .16 to win Indy 500

Updated: May 26, 2002, 4:40 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

May 30, 1982

Gordon Johncock takes the lead at the Indy 500 on the 160th lap, and with 15 laps left, it looks like he's going to be an easy winner after his last pit stop. But Rick Mears isn't about to let that happen.

Trailing by 11 seconds on lap 186, he reduces his deficit to a half-second by lap 199 and is battling Johncock wheel-to-wheel in the final miles. But Johncock holds off Mears' charge and wins by .16 of a second.

"One more lap," Mears says, "and ...

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