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FOYT USES SKILL TO FIX HELICOPTER; SULLIVAN FINISHES POORLY AGAIN

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The Indianapolis 500 left indelible impressions on at least a few drivers.

For instance, Eddie Cheever was the fastest qualifying rookie (starting 14th) and the highest finishing rookie (seventh). He said the race was "everything I expected and more."So what was the one thing he'll remember most?

"The money I'll spend," he joked.

Another rookie, Scott Goodyear, said he really learned a lot during his 10th-place finish.

"I went through grade school, high school and college all in one day all over again today," he said.

- Arie Luyendyk became the seventh different driver to win an Indy-car race with a Chevrolet V-8 engine. The other six are Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Rick Mears, Al Unser Jr., Danny Sullivan and Michael Andretti.

It also was the third straight Indy 500 victory for the Chevy and its third straight win in this year's CART series.

Overall, the Chevy since its debut in 1986 has entered 61 Indy car races and has won 35 for a winning average of .573.

- A.J. Foyt became a mechanic after receiving his honorary doctorate from Rose-Hulman on Saturday.

The four-time Indy 500 winner discovered that the battery of the helicopter that was to take him back to Indianapolis was dead.

Shedding his suit jacket, Foyt got some wrenches and cables and tried to jump-start the copter with the help of two police cars.

When that didn't work, he asked for and got a battery charger from the local airport.

Yet, Foyt still had to make a few more adjustments in the nose of the copter before it would take the charge.

Although he ended up missing the 500 Festival Parade, he did return safely to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

- The new speed record obliterated the old mark.

Bobby Rahal had held the record of 170.722 mph, which he set when he won the 500 in 1986. Luyendyk's average was 185.984 mph.

In fact, Rahal and Emerson Fittipaldi both exceeded the previous record. Rahal averaged 185.788 while Emmo was at 185.185.

- Danny Sullivan endured his third straight poor finish at the 500.

The 1985 winner wound up 32nd after crashing in Turn 1 on lap 19, his worst finish ever in the race.

Since '85, he has dropped each year, finishing ninth in '86, 13th in '87, 23rd in '88 and 28th in '89.

- Al Unser Jr. leads the CART points standings following Indianpolis. He has 48 points.

Fittipaldi is second with 42.