Highlights from the 69th running of the Indianapolis 500
RACE: 69th Indianapolis 500
DATE: May 26, 1985
WINNER: Danny Sullivan
AVERAGE SPEED: 152.982 mph
WHAT HAPPENED: It was known as the ''Spin and Win'' race because as Sullivan passed Mario Andretti for the lead on lap 120, he lost control of his car and did a 360-degree spin in front of Andretti. Sullivan somehow avoided hitting the wall, and Andretti was able to slip past him to retake the lead. Sullivan regained the lead and led the final 61 laps to give Roger Penske another victory.
NOTABLE: The Speedway celebrated 40 years of ownership by the Hulman/George family. The race was also the breakout for the ''stock block'' Buick V-6 engine and Pancho Carter and Scott Brayton swept the top two spots in track record speeds during qualifying with the pushrod Buick. But reliability was an issue, and both drivers dropped out of the race with mechanical problems.