By now you will likely be aware that this month marks the 100th anniversary of that most hallowed of American institutions, the Indianapolis 500. No other race, or racing venue, can lay claim to as long and illustrious a record—nor such a single-minded commitment to a single format of highly specialized racing and machinery.
With the benefit of 100 years of racing history now to look back over, it seems all the more amazing that what started as such a simple, and basic form of racing—turn left and go straight, four times per lap, for 200 laps—has captured not only the American but the world’s interest and imagination for so long.
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