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Grand Prix at Road America 2Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin Grand Prix at Road America 2At Road America for Grand Prix No. 2 (221 miles) in July, the race comes to an Ganassi Dallara IR-12 Honda under Felix Rosenqvist (SE) in 1:51:22 (average 118.94 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Dallara Chevrolet driven by Patricio O’Ward. O’Ward, running on worn rubber, seemingly holds the race in hand with twenty laps remaining, yet Rosenqvist and his steady drive gradually carve down the margin before the Swede makes the winning pass with just two laps to go. Rosenqvist joyously claims his maiden NTT IndyCar victory at Elkhart Lake. Photo Credit: Joe Skibinski.
2019 CIII Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 2019 CIII Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, a Penske Dallara Chevrolet under Simon Pagenaud (FR) takes race honors in 2:50:39 (average 175.79 mph), under a second (.209) ahead of a Dallara driven by Alexander Rossi. Pagenaud and Rossi of Andretti dice for the lead after the final restart over the closing miles before Pagenaud finally moves out front with an outside pass of Rossi at the Turn 3 entry with less than two laps remaining before holding off the latter at the wire for a slender and very popular victory, claiming maiden honors for both himself and entry sponsor John Menard Jr. Former F1 champion Fernando Alonso returns to the Brickyard again with much fanfare, yet fails to qualify his way into the field. Photo Credit: Ginny Heithaus.
2019 Indy Grand PrixIndianapolis, Indiana 2019 Indy Grand PrixAt Indianapolis road course for the Grand Prix (85 laps) in May, the race comes to a Penske Dallara Chevrolet under Simon Pagenaud (FR) in rainy conditions in 2:00:28 (average 103.25 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Dallara driven by Scott Dixon. Pagenaud moves out front after executing a daring inside pass of race leader Dixon of Ganassi at the Turn 7 exit with only two laps remaining. Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott.
2018 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Florida 2018 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg At St. Petersburg for the Grand Prix (198 miles) in March, the race unexpectedly comes to a Coyne-Vasser-Sullivan Dallara Honda under Sébastien Bourdais (FR) in 2:17:48 (average 86.21 mph), finishing ahead of a Dallara driven by Graham Rahal under a caution condition. After a late race restart, Alexander Rossi of Andretti attempts an inside move for the lead on race leader and rookie Robert Wickens of SPM at Turn 1 with two laps remaining. Rossi slides in close to Wickens during the pass and both entries tangle with ensuing damage, thus allowing Bourdais to pick up the coins and coast to an unanticipated victory under the unfurled yellow. Photo Credit: INDYCAR.
2018 Detroit Grand Prix Race 2 Detroit, Michigan 2018 Detroit Grand Prix Race 2 At Belle Isle for the Detroit Grand Prix Race 2 (ninety minutes) in June, an Andretti Dallara Honda under Ryan Hunter-Reay (US) notches a victory in 1:33:51 (average 105.18 mph), under twelve seconds ahead of a Dallara driven by Will Power. Hunter-Reay, putting enormous pressure upon race leader and teammate Alexander Rossi in the closing laps, finally forces Rossi into a lockup error at Turn 3 with seven laps remaining that results in an off at the corner, allowing Hunter-Reay to slip by and pull away for a dramatic victory. Hunter-Reay snaps a 42-race winless streak and celebrates by diving into the famed fountain at Belle Isle, triggering a new tradition for the annual event. Photo Credit: Joe Skibinski.
2017 CI Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 2017 CI Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, the race unexpectedly comes to an Andretti Dallara Chevrolet under Takuma Sato (JP) in 3:13:03 (average 155.39 mph), under a second (.201) ahead of a Dallara driven by Hélio Castroneves. After a late race restart, Sato moves out front after passing race leader Castroneves of Penske with only six laps remaining and holding off the latter over the closing miles for an unanticipated victory, the first for a driver of Japanese descent at the Brickyard, the second series cross of his career, and considerable redress for his devastating last lap loss to Dario Franchitti in the event in 2012. The race also features the appearance of former F1 champion Fernando Alonso, driving a one-off entry for McLaren, Andretti, and Honda, yet the ace loses drive at Lap 179 of 200 and retires. Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas.
2016 C Indianapolis 500Indianapolis, Indiana 2016 C Indianapolis 500At Indianapolis for the centennial running of the 500 in May, an Andretti-Herta-Curb-Agajanian Dallara Honda under 24-year old rookie Alexander Rossi (US) takes race honors in 3:00:02 (average 166.64 mph), under five seconds ahead of a Dallara driven by Carlos Muñoz. Rossi, running tenth and gambling on fuel strategy as the leaders stop for service, moves out front after race leader and teammate Muñoz of Andretti stops for fuel service with four laps remaining. A slowing Rossi exhausts his fuel supply late on the final circuit, yet coasts across the yard of bricks in time to cut off the late race charge of Muñoz behind him and register a popular upset victory over the IndyCar regulars. Rossi becomes the first rookie to win the classic since the 2001 season (Montoya). Photo Credit: Jim Haines.
2016 Firestone 600 Fort Worth, Texas 2016 Firestone 600 At Texas for the 600 Kilometer in August, a Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara Honda under Graham Rahal (US) takes the flag in 2:29:25 (average 144.90 mph), under a second (.008) ahead of a Dallara driven by James Hinchcliffe. After race officials suspend the contest at Lap 71, short of the official declaration distance of Lap 125, on June 12 due to heavy rains, INDYCAR reschedules the event for August 27, where Rahal moves out front on the final circuit after passing race leader Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson on the inside line of Turn 3 before narrowly holding off the latter at the wire for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Associated Press.
2015 XLIX Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 2015 XLIX Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, the race comes to a Penske Dallara Chevrolet under Juan Pablo Montoya (CO) in 3:05:57 (average 161.34 mph), under a second (.105) ahead of a companion Dallara driven by Will Power. Montoya moves out front after a slingshot pass on the outside line on Penske teammate Power at the Turn 1 entry with only four laps remaining. Penske wins the classic for the sixteenth time and first since the 2009 season, while the seemingly ageless Montoya takes his second trophy and first since 2000. Photo Credit: INDYCAR.
2014 XCVIII Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 2014 XCVIII Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, an Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda under Ryan Hunter-Reay (US) takes the flag in 2:40:48 (average 186.56 mph), under a second (.060) ahead of a Dallara driven by Hélio Castroneves. After a late race restart, Hunter-Reay moves out front after passing race leader Castroneves of Penske with a brave inside pass at the Turn 3 entry with less than five laps remaining before dicing and ultimately fending off the Penske pilot at the stripe. Hunter-Reay becomes the first American driver to win the 500 classic since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006, and prevails with the second closest finishing margin and average speed in event history. Photo Credit: Dave Parker.
2013 São Paulo Indy 300 São Paulo, Brazil 2013 São Paulo Indy 300 At São Paulo for the Indy 300 (two hours) in May, the race comes to an Andretti Dallara Chevrolet under James Hinchcliffe (CA) in 2:09:35 (average 88.07 mph), under a second (.346) ahead of a Dallara driven by Takuma Sato. Hinchcliffe moves out front after passing Sato on the last corner on the final circuit for a dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott.
2013 XCVII Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 2013 XCVII Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 on a cool day (62 degrees) in May, a KVRT Dallara Chevrolet under Tony Kanaan (BR) takes race honors in 2:40:03 (average 187.43 mph), finishing ahead of a Dallara driven by rookie Carlos Muñoz. Race leader Ryan Hunter-Reay and Muñoz of Andretti, as well as Kanaan launch after a late race restart with three laps remaining and all three drivers plummet three wide into Turn 1 with Kanaan surviving the melée with the lead for moments before a shunt by Dario Franchitti of Ganassi unfurls the yellow and awards the trophy to the popular Brazilian, who takes his maiden drink of milk after twelve attempts. Photo Credit: Geoff Miller.
2012 XCVI Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 2012 XCVI Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in on a warm day (90 degrees) in May, the race comes to a Ganassi Dallara Honda under Dario Franchitti (GB) in 2:58:51 (average 167.73 mph), finishing ahead of a Dallara driven by Scott Dixon under a caution condition. Entering the final circuit, race leader Franchitti and Takumo Sato of KVRT both enter Turn 1 wheel-to-wheel before Sato on the inside line inexplicably breaks loose and careens into the outer wall as Franchitti speeds away to take checkers under caution. Debate ensues whether contact by Franchitti or lack of grip on the part of Sato prompts the hard-hitting shunt as Franchitti joins the elite with his third cross at the Brickyard. Photo Credit: Bill Friel.
2012 Firestone 550 Fort Worth, Texas 2012 Firestone 550 At Texas for the 550 Kilometer in June, a Coyne Dallara Honda under Justin Wilson (GB) takes race honors in 1:59:02 (average 167.22 mph), under four seconds ahead of a Dallara driven by Graham Rahal. Rahal moves out front after passing Ryan Briscoe of Penske with twenty-eight to go and seemingly holds the race in hand until his ill-handling entry scuffs the outer wall with two laps remaining. Rahal slows in his recovery and Wilson speeds past for a surprise upset victory Photo Credit: Tom Pennington.
2012 MavTV 500 Fontana, California 2012 MavTV 500 At Fontana for the season finale 500 Miler in September, a Carpenter Dallara Chevrolet under Ed Carpenter (US) takes the flag in 2:57:34 (average 168.94 mph), finishing ahead of a Dallara driven by Dario Franchitti under a caution condition. Carpenter moves out front on the final circuit after passing race leader Franchitti on the high side in Turn 2 and taking the checkers under yellow. A crashout on Lap 55 by Will Power of Penske and a fortunate fourth place finish by Andretti Autosport pilot Ryan Hunter-Reay earns the latter the drivers' championship in an unanticipated upset result. Photo Credit: Jamey Price.
2011 XCV Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 2011 XCV Indianapolis 500 At the centennial of the Indianapolis 500 in May, a Herta-Curb-Agajanian Dallara Honda under Dan Wheldon (GB) takes race honors in 2:56:11.7 (average 170.27 mph), finishing ahead of a Dallara driven by J.R. Hildebrand under a caution condition. With the lead pack all attempting to conserve fuel over the closing laps, rookie Hildebrand moves out front with three laps to go after fellow rookie Bertrand Baguette and Dario Franchitti move into fuel conservation mode. As the leaders exit Turn 4 on the final circuit, Hildebrand with the finish in sight takes the high line to avoid a backmarker, loses grip, and dramatically slams into the outer wall. Hard charging Wheldon sprints past the wreckage in the final thousand feet to take a spectacular second career and popular victory at the Brickyard, leaving nothing but ashes and disappointment for rookie Hildebrand. Wheldon crosses at the Brickyard for the first time since 2005, while the noted Agajanian racing family claims success at Indy for the first time since the 1963 season. Photo Credit: Don Larson.
2011 MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 Loudon, New Hampshire 2011 MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225 At Loudon for the Indy 225 in August, an Andretti Dallara Honda under Ryan Hunter-Reay (US) takes the flag in rainy conditions in 1:58:02 (average 112.03 mph), finishing ahead of a Dallara driven by Oriol Servià under a caution condition. As rain begins to fall in the closing laps, race officials unfurl the yellow flag to wait out the weather before announcing another attempt to race with ten laps to go against the protests of constructors and drivers. The rain increases just as the race restarts and Danica Patrick spins in the wet, triggering a five-car pileup while Serviá jumps race leader Hunter-Reay and holds the point before the yellow again unfurls. Race Control terminates the event and Newman Haas prematurely celebrates its victory in the rain before officials inexplicably reset the finishing order to where the entries stood before the final restart on the basis that the restart should not have taken place. Bedlam ensues as constructors and drivers alike furiously charge race officials with a blunder that results in the elimination of several entries and denies Servià with a long awaited victory. INDYCAR sheepishly admits its mistake in permitting the final restart in the rain, yet nonetheless denies the appeals of Newman Haas and Ganassi to amend the race result nine days later. Photo Credit: Mary Schwalm.
2011 INDYCAR World Championship Las Vegas, Nevada 2011 INDYCAR World Championship At Las Vegas for the IndyCar World Championship (308.8 miles) in October, a massive pile-up on Lap 12 sends popular defending Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon in his Dallara soaring into the catchfence during the fiery and horrific shunt. Race officials grimly announce the tragic loss of his life two hours later and the field offers up a sober five-lap salute to his memory as INDYCAR red flags the event and reverts the drivers' standings back to the prior contest at Kentucky, thus awarding Dario Franchitti with his third consecutive and fourth overall series title. The sudden loss of Wheldon triggers a long simmering debate as to whether INDYCAR should race at high-speed banked ovals such as Las Vegas and Texas. Photo Credit: INDYCAR.
2009 Indy 300 Sparta, Kentucky 2009 Indy 300 At Kentucky for the Indy 300 in August, a Penske Dallara Honda under Ryan Briscoe (AU) takes race honors in 1:28:24 (average 200.89 mph), under a second (.016) ahead of a Dallara driven by Ed Carpenter. Briscoe and Carpenter dice for the lead over the closing laps and Briscoe finally prevails after edging out race leader Carpenter with a pass on the outside line off Turn 4 on the final circuit for victory. IndyCar implements ‘push-to-pass’ on its oval circuits for the first time at Kentucky and the decision produces the second fastest race in series history. Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott.
2009 Indy 300 Joliet, Illinois 2009 Indy 300 At Chicagoland for the Indy 300 in August, a Penske Dallara Honda under Ryan Briscoe (AU) takes the flag in 1:42:34 (average 177.83 mph), under a second (.008) ahead of a Dallara driven by Scott Dixon. Briscoe prevails after employing PTP to slip past race leader Dixon on the Turn 4 high side exit on the final circuit for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Donald Miralle.
2009 Indy 300 Homestead, Florida 2009 Indy 300 At Homestead for the Indy 300 season finale in October, a Ganassi Dallara Honda under Dario Franchitti (GB) notches a victory in 1:28:28 (average 201.42 mph), under five seconds ahead of a Dallara driven by Ryan Briscoe. Franchitti, trailing Scott Dixon in the points standings, stays on circuit after the race leaders stop for service with only six laps remaining and daringly stretches his fuel supply enough over the final fifty laps for victory and the IndyCar drivers' championship by a slender margin. Photo Credit: Luis Betancourt.
2008 Indy Japan 300 Motegi City, Japan 2008 Indy Japan 300 At the Twin Ring for the Indy Japan 300 in April, an Andretti Green Dallara Honda under Danica Patrick (US) takes race honors in 1:51:03 (average 164.26 mph), under six seconds ahead of a Dallara driven by Hélio Castroneves. Patrick, stretching her fuel supply to the limit, moves out front after passing race leader Castroneves, also conserving fuel, with less than three laps remaining. Patrick snares her maiden IndyCar victory and ascends as the first woman to win a race in series history. Photo Credit: Morio.
2008 Indy 300 Joliet, Illinois 2008 Indy 300 At Chicagoland for the Indy 300 season finale in September, a Penske Dallara Honda under Hélio Castroneves (BR) bests the field in 2:01:05 (average 150.65 mph), under a second (.003) ahead of a Dallara driven by Scott Dixon. Castroneves, starting at the rear of the field due to an imposed penalty during qualifying, moves out front after passing race leader Dixon off the Turn 4 exit on the final circuit for the second closest finish in IndyCar history. Race officials first deem Dixon the initial race winner until a formal postrace review amends the result. Photo Credit: Andy Sallee.
2007 Indy 300 Joliet, Illinois 2007 Indy 300 At Chicagoland for the season finale Indy 300 in September, an Andretti Green Dallara Honda under Dario Franchitti (GB) takes the flag in 1:44:54 (average 173.89 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Dallara driven by Scott Dixon. With Franchitti and Dixon locked in a tight battle for the IndyCar Series drivers' crown that all comes down to a final late race restart with only two laps remaining, Franchitti moves out front after race leader Dixon in dramatic fashion exhausts his fuel supply in Turn 3 on the final circuit, granting the second running Franchitti an emotional victory and the series drivers' championship. Photo Credit: IndyCar Series.
2006 Toyota Indy 300 Homestead, Florida 2006 Toyota Indy 300 At Homestead for the Indy 300 in March, the race comes to a Ganassi Dallara Honda under Dan Wheldon (GB) in 1:46:14 (average 167.73 mph) under a second (.015) ahead of a Dallara driven by Hélio Castroneves. Wheldon and Castroneves dice for the lead over the closing laps before Wheldon moves out front with a pass of the other out of the Turn 4 exit on the final circuit. The race claims the life of 30-year old rookie driver Paul Dana, who perishes in a heavy two-car shunt during a practice session. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2006 XC Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 2006 XC Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 on a warm day (89 degrees) in May, a Penske Dallara Honda under Sam Hornish Jr. (US) takes the flag in 3:10:59 (average 157.09 mph), under a second (.064) ahead of a Dallara driven by Marco Andretti. Hornish moves out front with a final lap pass of race leader and 19-year old rookie sensation Andretti just 140 meters from the wire for the second closest finish in series history. The young Andretti moves into contention after passing then race leader and father Michael with only three laps remaining. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2005 Argent Mortgage Indy 300 Kansas City, Kansas 2005 Argent Mortgage Indy 300 At Kansas for the Indy 300 in July, an Andretti Green Dallara Honda under Tony Kanaan (BR) notches a victory in 1:41:03 (average 180.50 mph), under a second (.012) ahead of a companion Dallara driven by Dan Wheldon. Kanaan moves out front after passing teammate Wheldon on the outside line with only three laps remaining before holding off both Kanaan and Vito Meira at the wire for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2004 Toyota Indy 300 Homestead, Florida 2004 Toyota Indy 300 At Homestead for the Indy 300 in February, the race comes to a Penske Dallara Toyota under Sam Hornish Jr. (US) in 1:57:56 (average 151.09 mph), under a second (.070) ahead of a companion Dallara driven by Hélio Castroneves. Making his debut for Penske in 2004, Hornish Jr., dicing with Castroneves over the closing laps, pulls even with the latter as the white flag unfurls. Both drivers dash wheel-to-wheel around the final circuit until Hornish Jr. uses an inside move on the Turn 4 entry to pass Castroneves for a thrilling victory. Photo Credit: Ron McQueeney.
2004 LXXXVII Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 2004 LXXXVII Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, a Rahal Letterman G-Force Honda under Buddy Rice (US) unexpectedly takes race honors in 3:14:55 (average 138.52 mph), finishing ahead of a Dallara driven by Tony Kanaan under a caution condition. With weather and a possible tornado on the approach, Rice moves out front on Lap 172 of 200 after race leader Adrián Fernández in his G-Force stops for service just before a deluge swamps the track, prompting race stewards to red flag the event at Lap 180 . The rain awards Rice with a stunning maiden series victory in the grandest spectacle of all as he becomes the first American to win the 500 since the 1998 season (Eddie Cheever). Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2004 Argent Mortgage Indy 300 Kansas City, Kansas 2004 Argent Mortgage Indy 300 At Kansas for the Indy 300 on Independence Day in July, a Rahal Letterman G-Force Honda under Buddy Rice (US) takes the flag in 1:42:57 (average 177.18 mph), under a second (.005) ahead of a companion G-Force driven by Vitor Meira. After dicing with teammate Meira over the closing laps, Rice finally moves out front with an inside pass on the final circuit for the second closest winning margin in IndyCar history. Photo Credit: Gavin Lawrence.
2003 Firestone Indy 400 Brooklyn, Michigan 2003 Firestone Indy 400 At Michigan for the Indy 400 in July, a Nunn G-Force Toyota under Alex Barron (US) takes race honors in 2:12:39 (average 180.92 mph), under a second (.012) ahead of a Dallara driven by Sam Hornish Jr. After Barron spins yet manages to keep his entry on fire and active on Lap 163 of 200, Barron and Hornish dice over the final twenty laps before Barron makes a final slingshot outside move off the Turn 4 exit to narrowly edge out Hornish at the wire in the fastest race in series history. Photo Credit: Michael Kim.
2003 Delphi Indy 300 Joliet, Illinois 2003 Delphi Indy 300 At Chicagoland for the Indy 300 in September, a Panther Dallara Chevrolet under Sam Hornish Jr. (US) takes the flag in 1:38:58 (average 184.29 mph), under a second (.009) ahead of a G-Force driven by Scott Dixon. After a late race restart, Hornish Jr. moves out front after passing race leader Bryan Herta in his Dallara as the white flag unfurls before holding off both Herta and Dixon at the wire for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Donald Miralle.
2002 Yamaha Indy 400 Fontana, California 2002 Yamaha Indy 400 At Fontana for the Indy 400 in March, the race comes to a Panther Dallara Chevrolet under Sam Hornish Jr. (US) in 2:13:49 (average 179.35 mph), under a second (.028) ahead of a Dallara driven by Jacques Lazier. Both Hornish Jr. and Lazier dice for the lead, including banging wheels, over the final two laps before Hornish Jr. passes Lazier on the high side between Turns 3 and 4 on the final circuit and edges out the other for victory in the second closest finishing margin in IRL history. Hornish Jr. establishes a series average speed mark of 179.345 mph at the event. Photo Credit: Lesley Ann Miller.
2002 LXXXVI Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 2002 LXXXVI Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, a Penske Dallara Chevrolet under Hélio Castroneves (BR) takes the flag in 3:00:11 (average 166.49 mph), finishing ahead of a Dallara driven by Paul Tracy under a caution condition. Race leader Castroneves drives the final fifty miles in fuel conservation mode as Tracy closes in for his final move, yet as Tracy pulls alongside Castroneves in Turn 3 for a pass with two laps to go, a shunt amidst the backmarkers unfurls the yellow. Race officials assert that Castroneves held the lead when the caution lights flash on around the circuit, yet Tracy insists that he completed the pass before said lights activated. After a five hour review, the stewards award the Borg Warner trophy to Castroneves, irking the irascible Tracy, who in response refuses to race at Indianapolis while under IRL aegis for his remaining career, as Castroneves and Team Penske win at the Brickyard for the second consecutive season. Robby Gordon becomes only the second driver (Tony Stewart) to complete the Double Duty challenge at both Indianapolis and Charlotte on the same day, and on a safety note, IMS implements the new shock absorbing SAFER barrier at key points around the Speedway. Photo Credit: Sean V. Stringer.
2002 Boomtown 500 Fort Worth, Texas 2002 Boomtown 500 At Texas for the 500 Kilometer in June, a Ganassi G-Force Chevrolet under Jeff Ward (GB) notches a victory in 1:45:50 (average 164.98 mph), under a second (.011) ahead of a Dallara driven by Al Unser Jr. Ward, with drafting assistance from Airton Daré in his Dallara, moves out front after passing race leader Unser Jr. in Turn 3 on the final circuit before nosing out the latter at the wire for his maiden series victory in the closest finish in IRL history. Photo Credit: Todd Bauders.
2002 Delphi Indy 300 Joliet, Illinois 2002 Delphi Indy 300 At Chicagoland for the Indy 300 in September, a Panther Dallara Chevrolet under Sam Hornish Jr. (US) wins in 2:04:40 (average 146.32 mph), under a second (.002) ahead of a Dallara driven by Al Unser Jr. Unser and Hornish dice over the final twenty laps before Hornish noses out the other on the Turn 4 exit on the final circuit for the closest finishing margin in IRL series history. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2002 The 500 Fontana, California 2002 The 500 At Fontana for the 500 in November, a Rahal Lola Ford under Jimmy Vasser (US) takes the flag in 2:33:42 (average 197.99 mph), under a second (.40) ahead of a Lola driven by Michael Andretti. Vasser prevails after outsprinting Andretti on a late race restart with less than three laps remaining in the fastest race in IndyCar history. Photo Credit: Earl Ma.
2001 Casino Magic 500 Fort Worth, Texas 2001 Casino Magic 500 At Texas for the 300 Kilometer in June, a Kelley Dallara Oldsmobile under Scott Sharp (US) takes race honors in 1:55:44 (average 150.87 mph), finishing just ahead of a G-Force driven by Felipe Giaffone under a caution condition. Sharp moves out front after race leader Greg Ray in his Dallara tangles with backmarker Robby McGehee in his Dallara with only less than five laps remaining. Ray and McGehee spin, their action collects contender Eddie Cheever in his Dallara, and Sharp squeezes through the wreckage just as the yellow unfurls. Photo Credit: F. Peirce Williams.
2001 Harrah's 500 Brooklyn, Michigan 2001 Harrah's 500 At Michigan for the 500 Miler in July, the race comes to a Forsythe Reynard Ford under Patrick Carpentier (CA) in 2:54:55 (average 171.49 mph), under a second (.243) ahead of a Reynard driven by Dario Franchitti. Carpentier, Franchitti, and Michel Jourdain Jr. in his Lola all dice for the lead over the closing laps and after Franchitti and Jourdain Jr. move out front as the white flag unfurls, Carpentier with a draft push from backmarker and teammate Alex Tagliani, responds by passing both drivers on the final Turn 4 exit for his maiden CART victory. Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey.
2001 Rockingham 500K Corby, England 2001 Rockingham 500K At Rockingham, England for the first time for the 500 Kilometer in September, a Penske Reynard Honda under Gil de Ferran (BR) takes the flag in 1:20:59 (average 153.41 mph), under a second (.634) ahead of a Lola driven by Kenny Bräck. De Ferran moves out front after passing race leader Bräck at the last corner entry on the final circuit. Race officials shorten the event to 140 laps of 210 due to an extended delay brought on by incessant water weepage upon the circuit and approaching darkness. Photo Credit: Haymarket Media Group.
2001 Marlboro 500 Fontana, California 2001 Marlboro 500 At Fontana for the 500 Miler in November, a Newman Haas Lola Toyota under Cristiano de Matta (BR) crosses first in 2:59:39 (average 149.07 mph), finishing ahead of a Lola driven by Max Papis under a caution condition. Da Matta and Papis dice for the lead with thirty laps to go until Da Matta moves out front with a pass on Lap 214 of 250. Da Matta holds off Da Matto for two more laps and then gamely nudges out Papis at the wire by mere inches (.007) just as the yellow unfurls. Race officials halt the contest at Lap 220 due to the onset of darkness. Photo Credit: Steve Swope.
2000 Casino Magic Texas 500 Fort Worth, Texas 2000 Casino Magic Texas 500 At Texas for the 500 Kilometer in June, a Kelley Dallara Oldsmobile under Scott Sharp (US) takes the flag in 1:47:20 (average 169.18 mph), under a second (.059) ahead of a G-Force driven by Robby McGehee. Sharp moves out front after passing race leader McGehee with only five laps remaining before holding off a final lap charge by McGehee at the wire for a slender and dramatic victory, the closest finish in IRL series history. Photo Credit: F. Peirce Williams.
2000 Michigan 500 Brooklyn, Michigan 2000 Michigan 500 At Michigan for the 500 Miler in July, the race comes to a Ganassi Lola Toyota under Juan Pablo Montoya (CO) in 2:48:49 (average 177.69 mph), under a second (.040) ahead of a Lola driven by Michael Andretti. Montoya and Andretti fiercely dice over the closing laps before Montoya makes his pass for the lead in Turn 1 on the final circuit. Andretti sets up Montoya for a Turn 4 slingshot to the wire, yet the latter holds off his pursuer for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Craig Jones.
1999 U.S. 500 Brooklyn, Michigan 1999 U.S. 500 At Michigan for the U.S. 500 in July, the race comes to a Forsythe Reynard Honda under Tony Kanaan (BR) in 2:41:12 (average 186.09 mph), under a second (.032) ahead of a Reynard driven by Juan Pablo Montoya. Kanaan moves out front after race leader Max Papis in his Reynard exhausts his fuel supply on the Turn 3 entry on the final circuit. Both Kanaan and Montoya blast past the slowing Papis, and Kanaan edges out Montoya at the wire for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Michael L. Levitt.
1998 Grand Prix of Long Beach Long Beach, California 1998 Grand Prix of Long Beach At Long Beach for the Grand Prix (165.5 miles) in April, the race comes to a Ganassi Reynard Honda under Alex Zanardi (IT) in 1:51:29 (average 88.95 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Reynard driven by Dario Franchitti. Zanardi moves out front after outbraking and passing race leader Bryan Herta in his Reynard at the Queen's Hairpin with less than two laps remaining. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1998 U.S. 500 Brooklyn, Michigan 1998 U.S. 500 At Michigan for the U.S. 500 in July, a Forsythe Reynard Mercedes under Greg Moore (CA) notches a victory in 3:00:48 (average 165.91 mph), under a second (.259) ahead of a Reynard driven by Jimmy Vasser. Moore moves out front after passing race leader Vasser on the inside of Turn 1 on the final circuit. Tragedy ensues after a hard shunt by Adrián Fernández in his Reynard on Lap 175 results in an unburdened wheel and shrapnel hurtling into the crowd, killing three spectators and injuring six others. The race inexplicably continues after race marshals attend to the carnage. Photo Credit: Jamie Squire.
1997 LXXXI Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 1997 LXXXI Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, a race moved forward to Tuesday due to incessant rains, a Treadway G-Force Aurora under Arie Luyendyk (NL) takes race honors in 3:25:43 (average 145.83 mph), under a second (.57) ahead of a companion G-Force driven by Scott Goodyear. Luyendyk moves out front after passing race leader and teammate Goodyear with only seven laps remaining, yet after Tony Stewart in his G-Force scrapes the wall with five laps to go, race officials scramble to clear the track for a final one lap sprint to the stripe. Confusion over whether the last lap will run under yellow, prompted by illuminated caution lights on the track, leaves the drivers flat-footed and an unexpected green/white flags allows Luyendyk to jump the star-crossed Goodyear on the restart, who again loses out at Indy for the second time due to strange misfortune. Luyendyk snares his second victory at the Brickyard, his first since the 1990 season,. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
1997 True Value 500 Fort Worth, Texas 1997 True Value 500 Under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway for the 500 Kilometer in June, a Treadway G-Force Aurora under Arie Luyendyk (NL) takes the flag in 2:19:48 (average 133.90 mph), finishing ahead of a G-Force driven by Billy Boat under a caution condition. Boat reaches the wire first for victory, yet Luyendyk angrily protests the result at Victory Lane and meets with a violent physical altercation with Boat entry owner A.J. Foyt over the controversy. An embarrassing recheck of the lap sheets afterwards proves Luyendyk correct and the IRL immediately relieves USAC of its scoring duties two weeks later. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1997 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Portland, Oregon 1997 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 At Portland for the 200 Miler in June, a McCaw Reynard Mercedes under Mark Blundell (GB) bests the field in 2:00:12 (average 76.58 mph), under a second (.027) ahead of a Reynard driven by Gil de Ferran. Blundell moves out front after pipping race leader De Ferran on the homestretch straightaway by a nose on the final circuit, a maiden victory for Blundell with the closest finishing margin in CART history. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1996 Grand Prix of Monterey Monterey, California 1996 Grand Prix of Monterey At Monterey for the Grand Prix (186 miles) in September, a Ganassi Reynard Honda under Alex Zanardi (IT) takes the flag in 1:48:32 (average 102.69 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Reynard driven by Bryan Herta. Zanardi moves out front after executing a daring and ever-memorable pass over the unpaved shoulder of race leader Herta at the famed Laguna Seca Corkscrew turn on the final circuit. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1995 LXXIX Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 1995 LXXIX Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, the race comes to a British Green Reynard Ford under Jacques Villeneuve (CA) in 3:15:17 (average 153.62 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Reynard driven by Christian Fittipaldi. During a late race caution, race leader Scott Goodyear in his Reynard awaits the green flag with ten laps to go, yet inexplicably passes the pace car as he comes up to speed. Race Control assesses Goodyear a stop-and-go penalty, yet the driver ignores the command and continues racing. Race Control next issues the black flag against Goodyear with only five laps remaining and stops scoring his entry, thus gifting the win to second-running Villeneuve. Goodyear afterwards insists that the track lights were green when he passed the pace car, yet video evidence contradicts his version of events. Incomparable Team Penske stunningly fails to qualify for the event. Hemelgarn driver Stan Fox suffers career-ending head injuries in a Lap 1 multi-entry shunt. Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1995 Grand Prix of Cleveland Cleveland, Ohio 1995 Grand Prix of Cleveland At Cleveland for the Grand Prix (213.5 miles) in July, a British Green Reynard Ford under Jacques Villeneuve (CA) takes the flag in 1:38:19 (average 130.11 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Reynard driven by Bryan Herta. With five laps remaining, race leader Gil de Ferran in his Reynard tangles with backmarker Scott Pruett in his Lola on the Turn 9 approach, eliminating both entries and handing the point to Michael Andretti in his Lola. With less than two laps to go, Herta closes on race leader Andretti, yet both lift upon approaching a no-pass caution zone at Turn 9 as the white flag unfurls. Third place runner Villeneuve, driving hard to catch the leaders, uses his swifter momentum in Turn 1 on the final circuit to pass both Herta and Andretti before holding off the pair for a dramatic victory. Photo Credit:
1995 Marlboro 500 Brooklyn, Michigan 1995 Marlboro 500 At Michigan for the 500 Miler in July, a Patrick Lola Ford under Scott Pruett (US) notches a victory in 3:07:52 (average 159.68 mph), under a second (.056) ahead of a Penske driven by Al Unser Jr. Pruett moves out front after passing race leader Unser Jr. with twenty-one laps remaining, yet as the white flag unfurls, Unser Jr. again moves back out front of Pruett before the latter returns the favor with a high pass on the Turn 4 exit to pip Unser Jr. at the stripe for a slender and dramatic victory. Pruett snares his maiden IndyCar triumph as Patrick Racing wins in the series for the first time since September 1989. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1992 LXXVI Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 1992 LXXVI Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 on a cold and windy day (52 degrees) in May, the race comes to a Galles Galmer Chevrolet under Al Unser Jr. (US) in 3:43:04 (average 134.48 mph), under a second (.043) ahead of a Lola driven by Scott Goodyear. Unser Jr. moves out front after race leader Michael Andretti in his Lola drops a fuel pump with eleven laps remaining. Goodyear pulls even with race leader Unser Jr. on the Turn 4 exit on the final circuit, yet the latter noses out the other for the closest finish in 500 history and maiden victory for Unser Jr after ten attempts. Thirteen entries crash out from the contest. Photo Credit: Mike Fender.
1992 Grand Prix of Long Beach Long Beach, California 1992 Grand Prix of Long Beach At Long Beach for the Grand Prix (167 miles) in April, a Galles Kraco Galmer Chevrolet under Danny Sullivan (US) takes race honors in 1:48:56 (average 91.95 mph), under a second (.596) ahead of a Lola driven by Bobby Rahal. Sullivan, chasing down race leader Al Unser Jr. in his Galmer in the closing laps, makes contact with the rear wheel of Unser at Turn 9 with only four laps remaining. Unser Jr. bobbles at the touch, allowing Sullivan to slip past for a slender and dramatic victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1990 LXXIV Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 1990 LXXIV Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, the race comes to a Shierson Lola Chevrolet under Arie Luyendyk (NL) in 2:41:18 (average 185.98 mph), under eleven seconds ahead of Lola driven by Bobby Rahal. Luyendyk moves out front at Lap 168 of 200 with a pass of race leader Rahal and motors away for a comfortable victory. Luyendyk wins his first and only IndyCar contest after five seasons of competition at the revered Brickyard, and in the fastest running in IndyCar history. Constructor Doug Shierson also finally wins the 500 after eight prior attempts. Photo Credit: IndyCar.
1990 Marlboro 500 Brooklyn, Michigan 1990 Marlboro 500 At Michigan for the 500 Miler in August, a Galles Kraco Lola Chevrolet under Al Unser Jr. (US) takes the flag in 2:38:07 (average 189.73 mph), under twenty-six seconds ahead of a companion Lola entry. Unser Jr. moves out front after passing race leader and teammate Bobby Rahal in his Lola and proceeds to run the fastest 500-miler in closed circuit history. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1989 LXXIII Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 1989 LXXIII Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, the race comes to a Patrick-Ganassi Penske Chevrolet under Emerson Fittipaldi (BR) in 2:59:01 (average 167.58 mph), finishing ahead of a Lola Chevrolet driven by Al Unser Jr. under a caution condition. With two laps remaining, race leaders Fittipaldi and Unser enter Turn 3 side-by-side before both touch wheels, sending Unser Jr. careening into the outer wall as Fittipaldi dashes away before the yellow unfurls. Fittipaldi becomes the first foreign national to win at Indy since Briton Graham Hill in the 1966 season. Photo Credit: Ron Weaver.
1988 II Marlboro Challenge Miami, Florida 1988 II Marlboro Challenge At Tamiami Park for the Marlboro Challenge all-star race (42 laps, 75 miles, non-championship) in November, a Kraco Lola Cosworth under Michael Andretti (US) takes the flag in 0:48:52 (average 91.99 mph), under three seconds ahead of a Lola driven by Emerson Fittipaldi. Andretti moves out front after passing race leader Al Unser Jr. after both receive service with eleven laps remaining, and both dice for the lead over the remaining distance before Unser Jr. attempts one final pass on the final circuit. Unser Jr. makes his move to slip under race leader Andretti at the final corner, yet little Al loses the backend and spins out as Andretti holds off hard charging Fittipaldi over the closing meters to claim victory. Photo Credit:
1987 Molson Indy Toronto Toronto, Ontario 1987 Molson Indy Toronto At Exhibition Place for the Indy Toronto (183.5 kilometers) in July, a Patrick March Cosworth under Emerson Fittipaldi (BR) takes race honors in 1:54:35 (average 95.99 mph), under nine seconds ahead of a March driven by Danny Sullivan. Race leaders Fittipaldi and Sullivan rush upon lapped traffic while starting the final circuit and after both slip past a set of backmarkers, Sullivan attempts an inside pass on a corner as both approach the finish. Fittipaldi pinches Sullivan against the inner barrier, both entries tangle, and Sullivan spins out as Fittipaldi catches his back end and speeds away to victory. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1986 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Portland, Oregon 1986 Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 At Portland for the 200 Miler in June, a Newman Haas Lola Cosworth under Mario Andretti (US) takes race honors in 1:50:53 (average 107.76 mph), under a second (.07) ahead of a March driven by son Michael Andretti. Father Andretti moves out front on the final circuit after passing son Michael, coasting on an empty fuel tank, at the wire on Father’s Day in the closest finishing margin to date in IndyCar history. Photo Credit:
1984 Michigan 500 Brooklyn, Michigan 1984 Michigan 500 At Michigan for the 500 Miler in July, a Newman Haas Lola Chevrolet under Mario Andretti (US) takes race honors in 3:44:45 (average 133.48 mph), under a second (.14) ahead of a March driven by Tom Sneva. Andretti and Sneva dice over the final twenty laps, yet effective driving at the point by the veteran Andretti allows him to hold off Sneva and win by the closest finishing margin in Indy Car history. Sneva bitterly complains afterwards of illegal blocking on the final circuit by Andretti. Future IndyCar constructor Chip Ganassi in his March suffers critical head injuries after his entry slams into the outer wall on Lap 168. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1982 LXVI Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 1982 LXVI Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, a Patrick Wildcat Cosworth under Gordon Johncock (US) takes race honors in 3:05:09 (average 162.03 mph), under a second (.16) ahead of a Penske driven by Rick Mears. The handling goes away for race leader Johncock over the closing laps, who still yet manages to hold off hard charging Mears with a block out of Turn 4 on the final circuit for the victory. Johncock, nursing of host of disappointing performances at the Brickyard, wins the event for the second time with the closest finish by far in Indy history. Both Johncock and constructor Pat Patrick win at the Brickyard for the first time since the 1973 season, while Patrick constructs the last American-based chassis to win the event to date. Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1967 LI Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 1967 LI Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, the race (second attempt) comes to an Ansted Thompson Coyote Ford under A.J. Foyt (US) in 3:18:24 (record average 151.21 mph), over two laps ahead of a Lola entry. Foyt, driving an entry of his own design, moves out front after race leader Parnelli Jones in his radical gas turbine-powered 4WD Paxton Turbocar drops a gearbox with only four laps remaining. Foyt must negotiate a final lap pile-up that ultimately red flags the event to earn his third victory at the Speedway. Race officials stop the contest on Lap 18 on the Day 1 attempt due to rain, a brief session in which Jones dominates the field with ease. Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1966 L Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 1966 L Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, the British invasion remains in effect for the 50th running of the 500 as the race comes to a Mecom Lola 90 Ford under Graham Hill (GB) in 3:27:52.5 (average 144.32 mph), under forty-two seconds ahead of a Lotus driven by defending race champion Jim Clark. Hill moves out front after race leader Jackie Stewart in wrenching fashion loses drive only eight laps from the finish. Fuming Colin Chapman afterwards insists that race officials incorrectly scored Clark’s laps and deprived his driver and Lotus of victory. An ugly pile-up on the opening lap triggered by aggressive driving by Billy Foster eliminates eleven competitors. Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1965 XLIX Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 1965 XLIX Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, the race comes to a British Lotus 38 Ford under Jim Clark (GB) in 3:19:05 (record average 150.69 mph), under two minutes ahead of a Lotus entry. The British invasion stands complete as Lotus, crewed by the Ford Wood Brothers team of NASCAR, dominates the American field as the first rear-engine entry ever to win at the Brickyard. Clark joyously celebrates as the first non-American to snare the Speedway classic since 1916, and stands as the only driver to capture Indianapolis and the Formula 1 drivers’ championship in the same season. Photo Credit: Dave Friedman.
1963 XLVII Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 1963 XLVII Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, the race comes to an Agajanian Watson Offenhauser under Parnelli Jones (US) in 3:29:35 (record average 143.14 mph), under thirty-five seconds ahead of a British Lotus driven by pending F1 drivers' champion Jim Clark. Clark presses race leader Jones until easing back after his final stop. Jones takes heat from some observers for a late race oil leak that the race stewards inexplicably ignore before the same causes an Eddie Sachs spinout, and both men square off in fisticuffs at the subsequent Monday race luncheon. The lightweight rear-engine Lotus Ford, a first for Indy, impresses the crowd with its superior tire wear, yet British designer Colin Chapman raises hackles afterwards by accusing USAC officials of blatant bias against his non-American entry. Longtime constructor Agajanian wins at the Speedway for the first time since the 1952 season. Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1963 Tony Bettenhausen 200 West Allis, Wisconsin 1963 Tony Bettenhausen 200 At Milwaukee for the Tony Bettenhausen 200 in August, a British Lotus Ford under Jim Clark (GB) takes race honors in 1:54:53 (average 104.45 mph), thirty-one seconds ahead of a Trevis entry. The speedy Lotus, a crowd favorite despite the hard challenge by A.J. Foyt, leads wire-to-wire and laps the entire field save for runner-up Foyt as the Clark victory proclaims an audacious return to motorsport by Ford. A third place finish by Dan Gurney in another Lotus entry completes a fabulous afternoon for Chapman and the British incursion. Photo Credit: Ken Coles.
1960 XLIV Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 1960 XLIV Indianapolis 500 At Indianapolis for the 500 in May, the race comes to a Rich-Lacy Watson Offenhauser under Jim Rathmann (US) in 3:36:11.4 (record average 138.77 mph), under thirteen seconds ahead of a Watson entry. Rathmann and former race winner Rodger Ward dice for the lead all afternoon with a record twenty-nine lead changes before Rathmann moves out front after Ward drops a tire with only five laps remaining. Prior to the race, a makeshift viewing scaffolding collapses, killing two spectators and injuring seventy others. The FIA removes Indianapolis from the Formula 1 calendar on the succeeding season. Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1958 II 500 Miglia di Monza Monza, Italy 1958 II 500 Miglia di Monza At Monza for the Race of Two Worlds (500 Miglia di Monza, series of heats, non-championship) in June, an American Zink Watson Offenhauser under Jim Rathmann (US) bests the field in 2:59:37.3 (average 166.79 mph), over thirty-two seconds ahead of a Salih entry. Rathmann deftly wins all three heats and establishes a new closed-circuit average speed record as the Americans again defeat an array of Grand Prix drivers, leaving Grand Prix pros Stirling Moss and Phil Hill angrily protesting the blocking style often employed by Indy drivers on the track. The on-track speeds bewilder both the European spectators and drivers, yet the event proves a financial failure and the 1958 race stands as the final meeting between the two worlds. Photo Credit: Bernard Cahier.
1957 I 500 Miglia di Monza Monza, Italy 1957 I 500 Miglia di Monza At Monza for the Race of Two Worlds (500 Miglia di Monza, 804.5 kilometers, series of heats, non-championship), an Indianapolis-style racing format on the high banks on a very warm day (104 degrees) in June, an American Dean Kuzma Offenhauser under Jimmy Bryan (US) takes race honors in 3:07:05.9 (record average 160.06 mph), finishing ahead of a Watson driven by Troy Ruttman. Bryan establishes a closed-circuit average speed world record in the event, while Tony Bettenhausen in his Kraft Novi sets a corresponding single lap speed record of 176.82 mph. The Americans, much more experienced on high speed ovals than their European counterparts, outpace the same on the track yet the result seems diminished after reputed drivers Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss, Peter Collins, Umberto Maglioli, and Nino Farina boycott the event out of concerns for safety. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1957 Bobby Ball Memorial Phoenix, Arizona 1957 Bobby Ball Memorial At Phoenix for the Bobby Ball Memorial season finale (100 miles) in November, a Dean Kuzma Offenhauser under Jimmy Bryan (US) takes the flag in 1:09:46 (average 86.001 mph), finishing just ahead of a Root driven by Pat O'Connor. In one of the unfathomable finishes in Indy Car history, Bryan with five laps remaining and in hot pursuit of race leader O'Connor, gets pinched by a backmarker into the outer rail. The momentum sends Bryan through the fence, yet in incredible fashion, the driver continues racing on the outside of the circuit until breaking through the fence once again back onto the track with three laps to go. With the crowd in a frenzy, Bryan moves out front with a pass of O'Connor on the penultimate lap and races away for a dramatic victory. Despite the thrilling win, USAC champion Bryan misses out on the putative title by a single point to Jud Larson. Photo Credit:
1956 Atlanta 100 Atlanta, Georgia 1956 Atlanta 100 At Lakewood for the 100 Miler in July, a Glessner Hillegass Offenhauser under Eddie Sachs (US) takes race honors in 1:06:40 (average 90.00 mph), a few car lengths ahead of a Kraft driven by Al Keller. As the field takes the white flag at Lakewood, where Turn 1 stands perilously close to the start/finish line, race leader Bob Veith in his Phillips glances back at his pit stall and amidst the typical red dust clouds generated at the facility before slamming into the first corner outer wall. As both the flagman and the crowd strains to see through the red dust for the on-track happenings, Keller and Sachs burst free from the cloud side-by-side out of Turn 4 before Sachs noses ahead at the wire for a dramatic victory. Photo Credit:
1953 Detroit 100 Detroit, Michigan 1953 Detroit 100 At the Michigan State Fairgrounds at Detroit for the 100 Miler in July, a Walker Kraft Offenhauser under Rodger Ward (US) takes the flag in 0:37:12 (average 82.26 mph), finishing ahead of an Elkins driven by Allen Heath under a red flag condition. The horrible, dirt-clod laden track hurls enough large debris from the racing action that begins to damage the entries and literally kills an attending police horse. Race officials red flag the event at Lap 51 after Ernie McCoy in his Russo-Nichels suffers a shunt due to the detritus, then attempt to smooth over the surface with water spray. The drivers scoff at the remediation effort and refuse to continue and after a contentious argument, race officials agree to call the results official at Lap 51 if the drivers will continue around in parade formation for the final 49 laps to complete the show for the paying customers. Racing continues until the debris sends race winner Ward into the air and impales his entry into the catch fence, forcing race organizers to again red flag the contest. Photo Credit:
1946 Atlanta 100 Atlanta, Georgia 1946 Atlanta 100 At Atlanta-Lakewood Speedway for the 100 Miler in September, a Walsh Kurtis Offenhauser under George Connor (US) takes race honors (no time recorded), a lap ahead of a Marks entry under a red flag condition. With the drivers plowing through the notorious blinding red dust of Lakewood with only three laps remaining, Indianapolis 500 winner George Robson, while dashing down the backstretch, makes a desperate attempt to avoid backmarker Billy DeVore in his Wetteroth, who suddenly emerges from the dust cloud, and in turn tangles with George Barringer in his Shaw. Robson slams into DeVore, DeVore soars over a berm and off the circuit, Bud Bardowski t-bones the disabled Barringer entry, and Robson ends up in a frightful barrel roll that throws his body clear before other entries run over his prone form on the track. Both Robson and Barringer perish in the tragic shunt as race officials immediately red flag the event. In a strange final result, race leader Ted Horn stops after the incident to check on the wounded and direct traffic around the scene. Race officials at first credit Horn with the victory, yet a subsequent protest by George Connor prompts the steward to inexplicably strip Horn of the win on the impossible grounds that he caused the fatal incident. Photo Credit:
1936 I George Vanderbilt Cup Westbury, New York 1936 I George Vanderbilt Cup At Westbury, New York for a reprise of the fabled Vanderbilt Cup of racing lore (300 miles) in October, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari ALFA Romeo 12C-36 under Tazio Nuvolari (IT) takes race honors in 4:32:44.04 (average 65.99 mph), under eight and a half minutes ahead of a Bugatti entry. The Grand Prix Europeans visit the United States and utterly crush the American AAA competition as Nuvolari leads wire-to-wire throughout the affair, leaving American owners with their heavier, slower, and less aerodynamic constructions scratching their heads in disbelief. Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeo snares the putative AAA constructors' championship merely with the final results at Westbury. Photo Credit: Non-Primary: Howard Kroplick. www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/.
1911 I International 500 Indianapolis, Indiana 1911 I International 500 At Indianapolis for the inaugural International 500 in May, the race comes to a Nordyke & Marmon under Ray Harroun (US) in 6:41:08 (average 74.6 mph), under two minutes ahead of a Lozier entry. Harroun takes control of the race at the 190th mile and never faces another challenge to the finish. The race claims the life of S.P. Dickson, a mechanic for driver Arthur Greiner after a backstretch shunt in the thirtieth mile. The large crowd rushes back and forth among the immense racing plant to gawk at the array of accidents that take place around the sprawling oval. Photo Credit: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.