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Safety Changes After The 1973 Indianapolis 500


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#1 davef

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Posted Nov 27 2016 - 11:19 AM

I've been watching the full races that are posted on youtube of the 1973,1974 and 1975 Indy 500 TV coverage (ABC Sports).
After the tragic 73 event it is interesting to see the big changes that were mandated with the rules and track improvements.
It is also noteworthy to listen to Jim McKay and Sam Posey's 1974 reactions on air whenever there appeared to be any unforseen problem to one of the cars on the track (eg. blown engine) and how spooked they would get of another terrible crash. The Tom Sneva crash in the 1975 race is one of the luckiest outcomes at Indy. Jackie Stewart makes many interesting safety comments and analysis in all 3 telecasts as well.

1973 race :
https://youtu.be/0Vo_Mz-AXQQ

1974 race :
https://youtu.be/sQM_ZZ3Z0-s

1975 race :
https://youtu.be/3Lufus0I8Mo

Edited by davef, Nov 27 2016 - 11:27 AM.


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Posted Nov 27 2016 - 01:27 PM

1973 was a catastrophe. By 1976 I was watching the 500 live on TV. IIRC, it wasn't until 1979 that I saw a F1 race broadcast in the US.




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