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1993 Indy 500 winner did WHAT!?

1993 Indy 500 winner did WHAT!?
1993 Indy 500 winner did WHAT!?
1993 Indy 500 winner did WHAT!?
Posted at 5:42 PM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 11:24:08-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- It was a year of transition in 1993, both in Indianapolis and across the nation.

Bill Clinton became the first Democrat in the White House in a dozen years, and back in the Circle City, Lazarus closed its longtime department store downtown in the Bloch building.

Out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a new outer retaining wall and fence were installed. 

A few weeks before the race, Tony George announced a new institution: NASCAR would be bringing the Brickyard 400 to Indianapolis the following year.

On Pole Day, AJ Foyt officially hung up his spurs, leaving the driving to others after 35 straight starts.

Arie Luyendyk ended up with the pole, but when the green flag flew, Raul Boesel jumped in front for 17 laps. Rookie and reigning Formula One champion Nigel Mansell would make his way through to take the lead, but eventually missed his pit lane by 10 feet, setting him back.

While he'd re-take the lead later, it didn't last long: Emerson Fittipaldi jumped out front and took the checkered flag with an average speed of 157.207 mph, finishing one-two with Arie Luyendyk, and Mansell in third. It was the first 1-2-3 finish for foreign-born drivers in almost 80 years. 

What took the headlines though wasn't the race itself, but rather what the winner did in Victory lane. Fittipaldi snubbed the traditional milk in favor of drinking orange juice first. 

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