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Indianapolis 500 / Winner Dispute #71800

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 25, 1981
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(Studio) Mario Andretti declared winner of Indy 500, instead of Bobby Unser, who finished 1st.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Indianapolis, IN) ABC Sports tape shown. Race said given to Andretti because Unser used approach strip from pit to pass other autos. Scenes shown. [Voice of Jackie STEWART - announcing race, notes foul.] [ANDRETTI - says winning this way lacks something.] [UNSER - feels bad.] Unser said to have filed counter protest, chging. Andretti with same infraction. Race officials not thought to change decision. Monetary difference between 1st and 2nd place said $200,000. [ANDRETTI - predicts endless apologies for winning race.]
REPORTER: David Garcia

(Studio) Danny Ongais, injured in race, said still in serious condition.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Studio) Item recapped at end of bdcast.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Garcia, David;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max

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