Mauri Rose ... Born ... Rose won the Indy 500 three times: 1941, 1947 and 1948. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1994, and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1996. Rose began his driving career at a Bridgeville, PA, board track on July 4, 1927, before making his way to Indianapolis in 1932, where he would eventually drive in the Indy 500 15 times.
Sam Posey ... Born ... American racecar driver who raced in Cam Am, Trans Am, USAC Champ Cars and Formula One. He also competed in a single NASCAR Grand National event, the first race of the 1970 series, held on the Riverside International Raceway road race course in Riverside, CA. Posey went on to become an auto racing commentator and broadcast journalist.
Dick Gaines won the Little 500 Sprint Car race over Bobby Black, Butch Wilkerson, Jim Murphy and Jeff Bloom at the Anderson Speedway, Anderson, IN.
Harry Benjamin won the Don Gillette Memorial URC Sprint Car race over Bill Schroth, Carl Bergkvist, Bill Wentz Jr and Monty Wernett at the Fonda Speedway, Fonda, NY. (Click here for the race report.)
Johnny Rutherford won the Indianapolis 500.
Danny Sullivan, forever known as the "spin and win," turned near-disaster into the biggest day of his career. Sullivan spun on lap 120 trying to pass Mario Andretti but somehow kept his car off the wall. Twenty laps later, Sullivan tried again in the same place and completed the pass and won the Indianapolis 500.
Darrel Waltrip won the World 600 over Harry Gant at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC.
Rick Mears won the Indianapolis 500. This was also the first Indy 500 with a Japanese driver (Hiro Matsushita), African-American driver (Willy T. Ribbs), and four members of the same family (Mario, Michael, Jeff, and John Andretti)... and the last Indy 500 for A.J. Foyt Jr.