Indy 500 Auto Racing

In this May 24, 1992, file photo, Al Unser Jr., top, wins the Indianapolis 500 auto race by less than a car length ahead of Scott Goodyear in the 76th running of the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. The Associated Press has updated its survey of living Indianapolis 500 winners and their pick as the greatest race in the long history of the event. There are six races that received multiple votes, topped by the Unser victory over Goodyear in 1992 — the closest Indy 500 in history. The others are Emerson Fittipaldi's win in 1989; Sam Hornish Junior's win in 2006; the 1982 battle between Rick Mears and Gordon Johncock; the 2011 race won by the late Dan Wheldon; and the 2014 thriller won by Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Ryan Hunter-Reay admitted he was biased when asked four years ago about the greatest race in Indianapolis 500 history. He made it clear his own 2014 victory was based more on merit than ego.

There was a red flag with seven laps to go. The lead changed just about every lap. Marco Andretti came oh-so-close to ending his family's Indy 500 curse. And ultimately, Hunter-Reay held off three-time winner Helio Castroneves in the second-closest finish in history.

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