September 30, 2022

The race took place in 1982, so most of the details are at least a little hazy for everyone involved.

But the first words Bobby Rahal uses to describe Indy cars’ first visit to Road America leave no doubt that what he remembers still frustrates him a bit:

“The one that got away.”

He is now a three-time champion and winner of the Indianapolis 500 as a driver and team owner. He was then 29 years old and eager to put on a good performance at the Elkhart Lake track which he fell in love with as a child.

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Forty years after CART first took its breakaway streak to Road America – and the unsung Hector Rebaque claimed his only victory in a stunner – Indy cars are back to race around the 4-mile layout for the 33rd time. The NTT IndyCar Series Sonsio Grand Prix is ​​scheduled for 11:45 am on Sunday and Rahal is still fighting for that first win.