Although the Indianapolis turns one hundred years old when it makes the historic race is run Memorial Day weekend there have only been ninety five races. During World War I and World Ward II, the races were suspended. This year the Indy 500 race will happen on May 29th.
One hundred years ago, a man by the name of Ray Harroun entered the only single seat car in the field. He won the first Indianapolis 500 race with a three by eight inch mirror that was mounted on the car’s hood. The reason he had a mirror mounted on the hood was in response to safety complaints voiced by the other racers. Each of them had a passenger that rode with them to keep a lookout for any possible collisions. Since his car was a single seat he had no room for a passenger so he had to have someone or something to watch for possible collisions.
Ray Harroun was the founder of the rearview mirror after he used the idea he had seen on a horse drawn vehicle on his own race car. This is just one of the many ways the Indianapolis 500 has helped make a change in the automobile industry. They have gone from supplier innovations to marketing campaigns to safety technology.
The founder of the track, Carl Fisher, used his own personal car as the first Indianapolis 500 pace car. The pace laps, which start the race, have become a very popular Indianapolis tradition.
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Coldwater recalls Scott Brayton 15 years after tragic crash
Battle Creek Enquirer, on Tue, 24 May 2011 04:53:09 -0700
Coldwater’s Scott Brayton won the pole for the Indy 500 in 1996 before he died during practice at the track that same year. / Gannett News Service Gary Baker — Coldwater Daily Reporter via AP COLDWATER — Infectious is the word that best describes the …
Tagliani takes Indy pole in early qualifying
Sify, on Tue, 24 May 2011 04:46:50 -0700
Alex Tagliani broke up the monopoly in the top-heavy IndyCar series and became the first Canadian to earn the pole for the Indianapolis 500. On a day each of the series’ three top teams — Andretti Autopsort, Target Chip Ganassi and Team Penske — made …
Tagliani on pole for Indy 500
SPORT24, on Tue, 24 May 2011 04:46:06 -0700
Indianapolis – Americans Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti endured a tense final qualifying session on Sunday before claiming their places in the 100th anniversary edition of the Indianapolis 500. Patrick, the first woman to win a major open-wheel race …
Donald Davidson Remembers Three-Time Indy 500 Champion Bobby Unser
Kent Sterling, on Tue, 24 May 2011 04:44:01 -0700
He made the Indianapolis 500 more interesting when he drove in it, and he makes it more interesting today by expressing his opinions about it. Some people are blessed with an ability to sugarcoat their feelings, and Bobby Unser isn’t one of them. …