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The Indianapolis 500: A Century of High Speed Racing tells the story of the first century of competition, revealing that the first Indy car race was in 1911 when the average Joe didn’t even own a care, and Ray Harroun etched his name into history. The Indianapolis 500 was breathtaking, but the national emergencies of World War I and World War II interrupted the event because of the gasoline rationing.
Discover each race with more attention and more detail focused on the biggest and most significant races, the glorious traditions of the race, and the most impactful and memorable drivers. Highlights include the evolution of speed and mechanics as they occur and key figures and personalities the Motor Speedway has hosted. Recall some of Indy car’s most talented drivers such as A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Al Under, Sr., and Mario Andretti and their successful careers at the Indianapolis 500.