On this day in 2001, Mika Hakkinen of McLaren won his 20th and last Formula One race at Indianapolis.
The Finn made an additional effort to say goodbye to racing in style in front of a raucous crowd at the Speedway because he planned to retire at the end of the current campaign.
Ferrari initially dominated the race, but a clever strategy at the halfway mark put McLaren and Hakkinen in the lead, and the Finn never looked back.
The winner of the day commented, “This was one Grand Prix I wanted in my record book. “A fantastic victory. It’s amazing, and I’m overjoyed.
It was an emotional day for the racing community and its supporters because it occurred just three weeks after the tragic September 11 attacks.