It wasn't to be for Fittipaldi in 1994, though. Despite his commanding performance, leading 145 laps, his race ended with 15 tours of the famous oval left to go. Running behind Unser Jr, who had just unlapped himself, Emerson lost the rear end at the exit of Turn 4 and tagged the barrier with his right-rear.
A crushing end to what had been a hugely controlled drive for Fittipaldi and leaving just one Penske car on track, after Tracy retired with engine trouble at the halfway mark. It wasn't over for Penske, though, as Unser Jr. was back in the lead - having been a lap down, a few moments earlier!
The late curveball with Fittipaldi's dramatic retirement promoted him to the P1 spot and he was able to bring the car home to win the Indy 500 for the second time in his career and give the Mercedes-Benz 500I victory on its debut.
It was also the second time Mercedes had powered a car to victory in the Indy 500, the first coming way back in 1915 when Ralph DePalma drove a Mercedes Grand Prix machine to triumph in just the fifth running of the event.
"Winning the Indy 500 - that means something," explained Norbert Haug, former boss of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. "It was worldwide promotion for Mercedes-Benz, so it was easy to say yes when Ilmor suggested it to us."