Al Unser Jr. Gets Jump on Rahal, Hangs On
Al Unser Jr. led wire-to-wire to win the second stop of the International Race of Champions at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Track in Lexington, Ohio.
Unser jumped ahead of hometown favorite and pole-sitter Bobby Rahal at the green flag and held a steady lead throughout the 29-lap event over the twisting, 2.4-mile, 15-turn course.
Rahal, winner of the 1986 Indianapolis 500, finished second, and NASCAR driver Darrell Waltrip was third.
The nationally televised race was delayed more than a half-hour as the field was assembled from different race tracks. Rahal, Unser and Rick Mears were flown in from Milwaukee, and NASCAR drivers Waltrip, Bill Elliott and Cale Yarbrough came in from Pocono, Pa.
Scott Pruett, driving a Ford Mustang, led from start to finish to win the IMSA GTO race, beating former Olympian Bruce Jenner. Pruett survived a late-race spin to edge Jenner by 1.27 seconds. Bob Earl, driving a Pontiac Fiero, won the GTU race.