Around Daytona the good ol’ boys rule, and around Indianapolis, well, the good ol’ boys rule. Outsiders are welcome and all, but Indy is a universe unto itself and the universe does not like to be disturbed.

About 30 years ago however an outsider caused a bit of a disturbance, and tried its hand at taking four left turns flat out for 500 miles.

Porsche had won it all, Le Mans, F1, even the Dakar, and only the Indy 500 was missing form the Weissach trophy cabinet.

The idea was to go all out for 1990, so Porsche had a go at revolutionising the Indy car by developing an all carbon-fibre chassis, which promptly got banned by the powers that be for being an all carbon-fibre chassis car.

This wasn’t allowed, or perhaps the regulators saw the threat of a bunch of Europeans taking on the Yank establishment quite seriously, and decided to handicap them just a little…

For its talented drivers Teo Fabi and John Andretti, Porsche had to then rush a non carbon-fibre car to the grid which wasn’t any good, and neither was the press coming out of it, the team being only good enough for the middle of the grid.

The Chevy-engined cars ran supreme, and Fabi could only manage a 14th place finish while his teammate Andretti did barely better with a 10th place.


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