Starting Position: 1
Race Time: 3:06:29.006
Chassis/engine: Penske/Mercedes-Benz
Mario Andretti's arrivederci tour was the talk of the town, but he would be upstaged by Roger Penske's secret weapon. Penske's three car team shocked the competition when they arrived with newly designed Mercedes-Benz 3.4 liter pushrod engines that made 1,000 horsepower. Fittipaldi was within sight of back to back victories but he found the wall with 15 laps to go, handing the lead and the win to his Penske teammate Al Unser, Jr. Following the race 10th place finisher John Andretti made history by jumping on a plane and flying to Charlotte to race in the Coca Cola 600.