Then he promptly got sick. "I think it was just the release of all the pressure and tension," he explained later. "I got stomach cramps. At one point it was really bad, and I couldn't concentrate. I wanted to come in, but my crew wanted me to stay out so they could win the pit-crew championship for the season. These guys worked really hard all year long, and I wasn't about to spoil it for them."
So Rahal stayed out and cruised around at a reduced pace, dropping all the way to eighth by the finish but preserving both championships.
The electric part was about to come. Al Unser Jr. had come to Miami instructed to "run the car into the ground," since this would be its final race and his team had nothing to lose. He had started 19th and had driven with no restraint into 2nd—still a long, long way behind Guerrero. But two laps from the finish Guerrero's car sputtered, low on gas, and on the final lap Unser sailed past and went on to win with a record 106.322-mph average, as Guerrero struggled home second after having led 111 of the 112 laps.
While Unser was down at one end of pit lane celebrating his victory in the battle, Bobby, Debi and Michaela were basking in the relief of winning the war. Through it all, the bright and beautiful Michaela—"my greatest euphoria," Bobby calls her—never took her eyes off her daddy, the champ.