25 years ago: Formula 1 takes over downtown PHX

Posted at 7:00 PM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 21:48:28-05

Tonight, we rave about this day in history.

Twenty-five years ago -- March 10th, 1991.

There were cars flying around downtown Phoenix at speeds of over 200 miles per hour. Wrap your head around that.

It was the U.S. Grand Prix opening race of the 1991 Formula One season. From east to west, the course stretched from Seventh Street to Seventh Avenue, and north to south from Adams street to Jackson Street.

It was historic because the late-great Ayrton Senna debuted his brand new McLaren Honda... and what a debut it was.

Check out the above video to see his viewpoint on the track from the onboard camera, as he went on to win and lead every lap of the 1991 U.S. Grand Prix right here in our own backyard.