Indianapolis served as the first eastern race of the year. Carmichael had just won the Anaheim round the week earlier by running down McGrath for the lead—an unheard of feat. If McGrath failed to up end Carmichael and extract some revenge in Indy, the series could be over.
As soon as the gate dropped in the old RCA Dome, it was. Carmichael snagged the holeshot on his KX250 and took off. Tim Ferry and McGrath gave chase, but to no avail. Carmichael won handily, and just kept on winning, winning and winning some more. He ended the season on a ridiculous 13-race win streak, tying McGrath’s all-time win streak mark.