I was a baby for this race and as a former broadcaster and a lover of history I find these clips very interesting to see how the network covered the race.
Here's a clip of the Savage crash. Since McKay and Economaki were doing voice over work and this wasn't the live call they knew Savage had survived. It is interesting to hear them talk hopefully about Savage's chances as the fire breaks out. We also hear audio (thankfully not footage) of the Teran crash. I admit, it may be a little tough to watch.
I my opinion, David Dials, the pit reporter, was rather irresponsible in trying to goad Jerry Grant into saying that the track was too oily and dangerous to race.
During the red flag period, Dials tries to continue with the "track is too oily and dangerous to drive" line. We also see an interesting piece on safety at IMS - interesting to see all of these "new" safety features that are old hat today.
Finally the finish.
I find it amazing to hear Dials with such a tone deaf interview with Andy Granatelli. Granatelli saw a crew man get killed and had one of his drivers fighting for his life but Dials is doing such a cheery interview. As Chris Schenkel wraps up the race you can tell the entire broadcast crew is emotionally and physically spent.
I don't mean to put down the late Mr. Dials, but it appears that he was out of his element in the pits that day. The next year they put Chris Economaki - an experienced auto racing journalist - in the pits and had Sam Posey and Jackie Stewart in the booth with McKay.
What a year...........
I'm so glad Gordy won one of the "best" Indy 500s in 1982 after winning one of the "worst."