The Indianapolis 500 held on May 25, 1980.
Opening footage surveys the attendance at the 1980 Indianapolis 500, including a shot of the crowded Snakepit. Driver Spike Gehlhausen crashes Car Number 35 into the wall on the first turn of his twentieth lap. Driver Johnny Rutherford brings Car Number 4 into the winner’s circle, and with three raised fingers, he indicates his third Indy 500 victory. With the Borg-Warner Trophy sitting just behind him, Rutherford is interviewed by ABC sportscaster Chris Schenkel.