It’s 1911 and the first Indianapolis 500 is being won by a Marmon Wasp driven by Ray Harroun. It is the first car able to be raced without a riding mechanic because it was equipped with a rear-view mirror.
Held on May 30, 1911, the first 500-Mile Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a departure from the usual policy of holding a number of smaller racing meets during the 1909 and 1910 racing seasons.
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