RACE: 67th Indianapolis 500
DATE: May 29, 1983
WINNER: Tom Sneva
AVERAGE SPEED: 162.117 mph
WHAT HAPPENED: Sneva had finished second three times, won the pole twice and was the fastest qualifier once, but finally earned his first victory to shake his ''bridesmaid'' tag. Al Unser Sr. was leading over the final 20 laps and his son, Al Unser Jr., was several laps down and accused of intentionally blocking Sneva to protect his father's lead. Sneva eventually got by both Unsers to win.
NOTABLE: Civility was restored after four years of disputes between USAC and CART. The two sanctioning bodies agreed that the Indianapolis 500 would be sanctioned by USAC, but also recognized on the CART schedule. The arrangement remained in place through 1995.