Foot to the floor, he charged ahead until the engine died 55 minutes from the finish, and Holbert the owner had won again. With Foyt's car out, Holbert the driver had returned to the pit, and it was Bell who brought No. 14 over the finish line after 753 laps (2,680.68 miles) of racing. The team's average speed of 111.599 mph was more than 6 mph over the record for the 3.56-mile circuit. Foyt's car, which had completed 723 laps, was fourth.
Although Holbert had expressed reservations—even regret—over his choice of engines before the race, the outcome had been vindication. " Mr. Holbert is invariably right," said Bell. The thoroughly exhausted driver then managed a smile and added, "It's unfortunate that it had to come at the expense of his drivers' bodies. I just hope that he doesn't choose us for his next 24-hour test session."