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It might be known as the Hoosier State, or home to Peyton Manning and the Super Bowl-winning Colts, but no other event holds as much attention in the state of Indianapolis as the Indy 500.

Founded in 1906 by Carl Fisher, the Indy 500 was transformed into the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” by Anton Hullman Jr. in 1945. After Fisher sold the event to Hullman, Hullman spent millions of dollars trying to make the Indy 500 the most popular event in racing.

Despite rain delays, power struggles between carmakers and even deaths, there has been an Indy 500 race every year since 1946.

The first Indy 500 winner was Ray Harroun in 1911. Since then, IndyCar racing has been blessed with top racers like the Unser family, Mario Andretti and Rick Mears.

Al Unser, Rick Mears and A.J. Foyt Jr. all hold the record for most Indy 500 wins with four apiece. Bobby Unser has three wins and Al Unser Jr. has two. Although Mario Andretti has only won one Indy 500 race, his name is still one of the most widely recognized throughout IndyCar racing.

In ’05, the top driver was Dan Wheldon with a time of 157.603, but he wasn’t the main attraction, however. That honor went to 23-year-old Danica Patrick, who had the most competitive showing of any woman in Indy 500 history, leading the majority of the race before finally finishing fourth.

The most recent winner was Dario Franchitti, who persevered through a three-hour rain delay to win the 91st 500 and his first victory at Indy.


Top Information Websites

IndyCar.com
Information on drivers, stats, schedules and much, much more. This site also has video clips, an online store for merchandise and a guide for beginners of Indy Car Racing.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
This site caters to people who want to learn more about the track and special events that are held at the IMS.

Indy 500 History
In depth look at the history behind the Indy 500: speedway origins, speedway tragedies and driver information.

ESPN’s Indy Car Page
ESPN’s official Indy Car page is complete with headline stories as well as information on races and drivers.

FOX Sports Site
Stories, photos and driver information provided by FOX Sports.

SI.com Site
SI.com’s IRL web page has little to offer as far as photos and structured stories, but it does give you complete information on driver information, stats and track information.


Relive Past Indy 500 Races

2007
Franchitti Wins 91st Indianapolis 500
Dario Franchitti persevered through a three-hour rain delay to win the 91st Indianapolis 500, his first victory at Indy.

2006
Hornish edges Marco Andretti at last second
In the second-closet Indy 500 victory ever, Sam Hornish Jr. passes Michael and Marco Andretti to win the ‘06 “500”.

2005
Wheldon wins 2005 Indy 500
With only six laps remaining, Dan Wheldon passes rookie sensation Danica Patrick to win the ’05 Indy 500.

2004
Pole-sitter Rice wins rain-shortened Indy 500
Filling in for the injured Kenny Brack and starting from the pole position, 28 year old Buddy Rice wins the ’04 Indy 500.

2003
Indianapolis 500: Got milk? De Ferran does
Gil de Ferran not only won his first Indy 500 in ‘03, but also just his third IRL race ever.

2002
Another Brick in the Wall
Helio Castroneves becomes the first driver in three decades to win back-to-back Indy 500 races.

2001
Penske wins 11th Indy as Castroneves, de Ferran finish 1-2
Helio Castroneves’ 2001 victory marked the second consecutive year in which a rookie won the Indy 500.

2000
Montoya makes Indy triumph look easy
Juan Montoya absolutely crushed the competition in 2000, winning his first-ever Indy 500.

General
SI.com Top 10
Lewis Franck of SI.com lists his top ten NASCAR drivers who would also be competitive at the Indy 500.

Bump Day losing its luster
With the current economy the way it is, there is a struggle to find sponsors and cars that we fill the 33-car field for the Indy 500. With that said, the once highly anticipated Bump Day is growing more insignificant every year.

Red carpet celebs at the Indy 500
Even races now welcome celebs with a red carpet.


All Time Indy 500 Winners

2007 Dario Franchitti 151.774
2006 Sam Hornish Jr. 157.085
2005 Dan Wheldon 157.603
2004 Buddy Rice 138.538
2003 Gil de Ferran 156.291
2002 Helio Castroneves 166.499
2001 Helio Castroneves 153.601
2000 Juan Montoya 167.496
1999 Kenny Brack 153.176
1998 Eddie Cheever Jr. 145.155
1997 Arie Luyendyk 145.827
1996 Buddy Lazier 147.956
1995 Jacques Villeneuve 153.616
1994 Al Unser Jr. 160.872
1993 Emerson Fittipaldi 157.207
1992 Al Unser Jr. 134.477
1991 Rick Mears 176.457
1990 Arie Luyendyk 185.981
1989 Emerson Fittipaldi 167.581
1988 Rick Mears 144.809
1987 Al Unser 162.175
1986 Bobby Rahal 170.722
1985 Danny Sullivan 152.982
1984 Rick Mears 163.117
1983 Tom Sneva 162.117
1982 Gordon Johncock 162.022
1981 Bobby Unser 139.084
1980 Johnny Rutherford 142.682
1979 Rick Mears 158.899
1978 Al Unser 161.363
1977 A.J. Foyt Jr. 161.331
1976 Johnny Rutherford 148.725
1975 Bobby Unser 148.725
1974 Johnny Rutherford 158.589
1973 Gordon Johncock 159.036
1972 Mark Donohue 162.962
1971 Al Unser 157.735
1970 Al Unser 155.749
1969 Mario Andretti 156.867
1968 Bobby Unser 152.882
1967 A.J. Foyt Jr. 151.207
1966 Graham Hill 144.317
1965 Jim Clark 150.686
1964 A.J. Foyt Jr. 147.350
1963 Parnelli Jones 143.137
1962 Rodger Ward 140.293
1961 A.J. Foyt Jr. 139.130
1960 Jim Rathmann 138.767
1959 Rodger Ward 135.857
1958 Jimmy Bryan 133.791
1957 Sam Hanks 135.601
1956 Pat Flaherty 128.490
1955 Bob Sweikert 128.213
1954 Bill Vukovich 130.840
1953 Bill Vukovich 128.740
1952 Troy Ruttman 128.922
1951 Lee Wallard 126.244
1950 Johnnie Parsons 124.002
1949 Bill Holland 121.327
1948 Mauri Rose 119.814
1947 Mauri Rose 116.338
1946 George Robson 114.820
1941 Floyd Davis 115.117
1940 Wilbur Shaw 114.277
1939 Wilbur Shaw 115.035
1938 Floyd Roberts 117.200
1937 Wilbur Shaw 113.580
1936 Lou Meyer 109.069
1935 Kelly Petillo 106.240
1934 Bill Cummings 104.863
1933 Lou Meyer 104.162
1932 Fred Frame 104.144
1931 Louis Schneider 96.629
1930 Billy Arnold 100.448
1929 Ray Keech 97.585
1928 Lou Meyer 99.482
1927 George Souders 97.545
1926 Frank Lockhart 95.904
1925 Peter DePaolo 101.127
1924 L.L. Corum 98.234
1924 Joe Boyer 98.234
1923 Tommy Milton 90.954
1922 Jimmy Murphy 94.484
1921 Tommy Milton 89.621
1920 Gaston Chevrolet 88.618
1919 Howdy Wilcox 88.050
1916 Dario Resta 84.001
1915 Ralph DePalma 89.840
1914 Rene Thomas 82.474
1913 Jules Goux 75.933
1912 Joe Dawson 78.719
1911 Ray Harroun 74.60

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