Our look at the 1987 Indy car season continues with the Phoenix 200 from Phoenix International Raceway.
It's time for another installment of IndyCar.com's look at the 1987 Indy car season. This week, the schedule brings us to the Valley of the Sun for the Checker 200 at Phoenix Raceway.
The race belonged to Roberto Guerrero, who dominated the day despite starting from the back of the field after a post-qualifying penalty. The Colombian started 22nd and easily worked his way through the field.
He was so dominant that he overcame a stop-and-go penalty late in the race and still held on to defeat Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal by 8.16 seconds. Guerrero became the fourth driver to come from last to first at the time and claimed the first win of his Indy car career.
It was also the first win for car owner Vince Granatelli, whose father Andy called himself "Mr. 500" after Mario Andretti won at Indianapolis in the elder Granatelli's car in 1969.