Indycar before the split
- Nigel Mansell winning the 1993 Championship, he did this despite a back injury he sustained at Phoenix which troubled him throughout the season. He won on his debut in Australia (a country he usually struggled at in F1). He'd never raced on an oval before; and won 4 of them! he was going up against series veterans like Andretti, Fitipaldi, Tracey, Al Unser Jr, etc. He'd never even sat in an Indycar prior to 1993 and still came out on top. He remains the only man to hold the Formula 1 and Indycar titles at the same time.
Indycar after merging with Cart (2008 and onwards)
- Will Power shedding his "can't do well on an oval" and "can't finish off the season" images with an impressive victory at the 2013 500 mile season finale in Fontana, holding off the previous two 500 mile race winners (Ed Carpenter at Fontana in 2012 and Kanaan at Indy in 2013). While Power was well out of championship contention by this point, winning three of the last five races including Fontana helped salvage enough to get him back to 4th overall in the season.
- And the next year, he finally won the series championship...by 62 points over second-place Hélio Castroneves.
- In 2016, a year after James Hinchcliffe was nearly impaled to death by his own suspension at Indianapolis, he returns to the Speedway and puts on a thrilling run in the Indy GP, finishing third for Schmidt Peterson's first podium of the season. And then he wins the pole for the 500 itself, which is also Honda's first pole position in the series since 2014!
- In the 1912 Indy 500, Ralph DePalma pushing his car around the track after the engine died. Didn't win him the race, but he certainly showed a lot of heart. (He'd get his win in 1915.)
- The final laps of 1989 Indy 500, especially in the Brazilian coverage. The main commenter, Luciano do Valle, got ecstatic (and hammy) in the moment when Emerson Fittipaldi put inside of Al Unser jr to pass him in the final laps (if you prefer, you can see it in this video)
Luciano do Valle: Look he closing, he is near of Al Unser, take a look, EMERSON GO INSIDE, GO! GO! GO! YOU CAN PASS HIM! NOW ITíS BRAZIL! ITíS BRAZIL! GO! GO! JUST A LITTLE MORE EMERSON! Take a lookÖ AL UNSER CRASHED! AL UNSER CRASHED! AL UNSER CRASHED! EMERSON GONNA WIN! EMERSON GONNA WIN! BRAZIL WON! BRAZIL WON! THATíS BECAUSE THE YELLOW FLAG COME AND EMERSON IS THE LEADER! BRAZIL WINS! BRAZIL WINS! (starts to play a victory fanfarre). A-ma-zing, Awesome! This victory is going to be in the history of all of us! Amazing! Brave Emerson put his car inside and didnít allow him to pass!
- Tony Kanaan finally winning the Indy 500 in 2013, after countless, fruitless attempts.
- The box score says Ryan Hunter-Reay led the last three laps of the 2014 Indianapolis 500, but that doesn't mean he didn't work for it. Here's the run to the checkers.
- Early on in the 2015 Indy 500, Simona de Silvestro accidentally bumped Juan Pablo Montoya's car, breaking a piece of bodywork off. Montoya's car still ran, but he had to go into the pits to get the rear end replaced. Doing so dropped him down to 30th place. Despite this, he managed to work his way up to first where he was when the checkered flag dropped.