Bobby Rahal pulled away from pole-winner Mario Andretti after a yellow flag three-quarters of the way through the race and won the Meadowlands Indy by 3.8 seconds yesterday for his fourth victory this month.
He went ahead for good on the 32nd lap of the 100-lap event. He built his lead to more than 18 seconds before a full-course yellow flag allowed Andretti to be within a second when the green flag was waved on lap 85.
But from there on on the 1.68-mile road circuit, Rahal drove his Lola-Cosworth away from Andretti's Lola-Chevrolet.
"After that yellow, it was a trophy dash, I guess," he said. "I knew Mario was going to come after me. Fortunately, my car was running well all day and, really, it was a comfortable drive."
Emerson Fittipaldi was third. Rahal averaged 86.03 mph, well off the track mark of 92.340 set last year by Danny Sullivan.
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