17 things you may not know about indianapolis 500


The Greatest Spectacle in Racing will be at its best once again on Sunday when the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 is held on the iconic 2.5-mile oval track affectionately known as The Brickyard.

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Check several sources and you’ll find Ralph Mulford won the inaugural Indy 500 but he ran an insurance lap while Harroun pulled into victory lane. Because on the importance of the event to motor racing Mulford didn’t fight it. Years later his victory was actually recognized quietly.


Can you please provide sources for your statement, especially his victory being officially recognized. THANKS!


Although the 1911 Indy 500 judges declared Ray Harroun, driving a Marmon Wasp, the official winner, there is reason to doubt that result. The timekeeping equipment failed, and the judges had to run for their lives when a driver lost control and his car spun wildly toward their stand. It took officials two days to determine the results, and Speedway authorities ordered the records to be destroyed. Charles Leerhsen’s book Blood and Smoke tells the tale. Great read, by the way.