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For the first time in two years, Team Penske driver Rick Mears celebrated in victory lane as the winner of an IndyCar race when he took the checkered flag at Pocono Raceway in the 1987 Quaker State 400. Mears held on to beat Geoff Brabham to the finish line despite an extremely close call on fuel mileage, while Colombian Roberto Guerrero completed the podium in his first top-three result since placing second at the Indianapolis 500.

Championship contenders Bobby Rahal and Michael Andretti ranked fifth and eighth, respectively, but the big story was Mario Andretti’s separated shoulder—his second injury of the season. Undeterred, the elder Andretti would win the very next race at Road America.