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March 21, 1993: Mansell makes history with debut Indycar

British driver set a blistering pace to cross the line 5.11 seconds ahead of Brazilian veteran Emerson Fittipald

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Nigel Mansell doffs his cap to the crowd after winning the Australian Indycar Grand Prix.
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1993 - World motor racing champion Nigel Mansell stormed to a remarkable victory in his debut Indycar Grand Prix. The British driver set a blistering pace during the 65-lap race through the streets of a subtropical holiday resort to cross the line 5.11 seconds ahead of Brazilian veteran Emerson Fittipaldi. Mansell, on the pole after setting a track record during the qualifying session, is only the second Indycar “rookie” to win his first race. The first to achieve that accolade in 1966 was the late great of motor racing Graham Hill, whom Mansell has said is his idol. Mansell, who had to make three pit stops during the one hour 52 minute race, said he was close to running out of fuel at the finish. It was the reigning Formula One title holder’s first victory on Australian soil.

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