Autocourse Official Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500

This is the story of more than 100 editions of the race, interspersed with a look at some of the compelling personalities, some little-known facts, an attempt to document the origins of some of the traditions, and perhaps even to dispel a ...


Author: Donald Davidson

Publisher: Icon Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1905334826

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

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THE Indianapolis "500" is much more than merely the best known automobile race in the world. It is a cherished time-honored institution with a glorious history dating back more than one hundred years. Known to most as, quite simply, "The 500," it has been held every year since 1911, the only exceptions being 1917-18 and 1942-45, during the periods when America was involved in the two world wars. Steeped in tradition, it has meant many things to many people and has played an enormous role in the lives of human beings, perhaps even more so for the spectators and devotees than for the participants themselves. For over half a century, Memorial Day meant either trekking to the track or else ensuring that whatever other activity was planned for the day, a radio would always be within earshot. In more recent decades, settling down in front of the television has been added to the equation, while it is now the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend on which the extravaganza takes place, rather than on Memorial Day itself. But the feeling is the same. For the participants, it has been a nearly 100-year saga of dreams, innovation, ingenuity, bravery, triumph, and tragedy. Paupers became millionaires, young men from small towns and broken homes became international celebrities, and regrettably, some of them gave their lives. The "500" has endured world wars, depressions, recessions, political strife, and negative journalism, and yet it continues to draw massive passionate and emotional crowds, whose loyalty is rewarded with never-to-be-forgotten moments such as the finishes of 2006 and 2011, when Dan Wheldon snatched victory on literally the final turn. This, then, is the story of the Indianapolis 500 and how it came to be. This is the story of more than 100 editions of the race, interspersed with a look at some of the compelling personalities, some little-known facts, an attempt to document the origins of some of the traditions, and perhaps even to dispel a few myths. From Harroun to Franchitti, it's all here…

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indy 500: More Than a Race, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1987. Cathcart, Charlotte. Indianapolis From Our Old Corner, Indiana Historical Society, 1965. Davidson, Donald, and Shaffer, Rick. Autocourse Official Illustrated History of the ...


Author: Ralph Kramer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440219283

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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"In Indianapolis . . . racing is religion. The Speedway is our temple. That's the best way I can explain my worship for Indianapolis." --Mario Andretti, racing legend Officially licensed in cooperation with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 100 Years of Racing tells the compelling story of the most renowned racing venue in the world, capturing moments, big and small, that mark the Speedway's first century and spotlight the people who made the speedway what it is today.

The Indianapolis 500 a History Volume One Resurrection and Blue Crowns

Research sources include: Books Bloemker, Al; 500 Miles To Go: The Story of the Indianapolis Speedway; CowardMcCann ... JackC.; Illustrated Historyofthe Indianapolis 500;Carl Hungness (1975) Granatelli, Anthony; They Call Me Mister 500; ...


Author: Brian G. Boettcher

Publisher: Constant Velocity Publishing

ISBN: 9781476037134

Category: Transportation


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First of five book series examining the history of the Indianapolis 500 from 1946 to 1969. Volume One: Resurrection and Blue Crowns includes the story of the Speedway’s catastrophic opening, its 1945 sale to Tony Hulman, and each race from 1946 through 1953, examining events and people who shaped the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing and its legend.

Indy 500 Recaps

Fox, Jack C. The Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500. Garner, Art and Spiegel, Marc B. Indy 500 Memories. Gates, Bob. California Gold—The Legendary Life of Troy Ruttman. Granatelli, Andy. They Call Me Mister 500. Hodges, Gerald.


Author: Pat Kennedy

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781728348407

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 608

View: 760

This book started as a self-serving exercise to personally organize the major details and interesting facts of each Indianapolis 500 over the hundred-plus-year history of the greatest race in the world. For many of us passionate racing fans who have attended a multitude of 500s, there is a tendency for the details of the races to (somewhat) blend together. I hope this book will help to provide clarity in this regard as well as educate. During high school, many of us chose to use CliffsNotes to assist in the education process. This book is somewhat patterned after that concept. It falls somewhere between Donald Davidson and Rick Schaffer—the best and by far the most detailed book on the history of the Indianapolis 500—and a multitude of pictorial books with limited information. I hope it will prove to be an easy read with entertaining and educational information.

The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500

Fox, Jack C. The Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500. 2nd ed. Speedway, IN: Carl Hungness & Associates, 1984. Garner, Art. Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2014. Hall of Fame Museum.


Author: James Craig Reinhardt

Publisher: Red Lightning Books

ISBN: 9781684350728

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 300

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At speeds of over 230 miles per hour, the Indy open-wheel race cars set the bar for American Championship car racing. For over 100 years, the Indy cars and their drivers have drawn hundreds of thousands of spectators to Speedway, Indiana, with another 6 million people watching the race on television or by live stream. In The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500, James Craig Reinhardt, author and official tour guide for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, details the history of the famous race and how the open-wheel race cars have evolved over the last century. Starting in 1911 with the first running of the Indy 500, Reinhardt profiles each race and car, including the starting position, engine, tires, race speed, margin of victory, and much more. Featuring nearly 200 images of the automobiles and individuals who make the race renowned, this book showcases the top drivers and how racing has changed through two world wars, the Great Depression, and unforgettable accidents. This beautifully illustrated book is a must-have for veteran and rookie race fans alike.

The Official Indy 500 Trivia Book

Autocourse Official History of the Indianapolis 500. Devaney, John and Barbara. The Indianapolis 500. Engel, Lyle Kenyon. Mario Andretti—The Man Who Can Win Any Kind of Race. Fox, Jack C. The Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500.


Author: Pat Kennedy

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781496972378

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 276

View: 766

Test your knowledge while educating yourself on the greatest automobile race in the world. For one hundred years, the greatest spectacle in racing plays out each May in Indianapolis. The entire scope of the Indianapolis 500 is presented in this fun test: drivers, track information, teams, race information, cars, rules, records, and so on. Grade your knowledge on the Indy 500 scale. The answers are provided in the back of the book.

The Automobile in American History and Culture

including The Oily Grail: A Story of the Indy 500, by Jack Albinson, which briefly (104 pages) emphasizes the ... each of the races through 1976, together with comments by the drivers; The Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500.


Author: Michael L. Berger

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313245589

Category: Transportation

Page: 487

View: 137

Presents a collection of bibliographic essays that describe the history, culture, and impact of the automobile and automobile industry in the United States.

Sport History and Heritage

the history of indianapolis Motor Speedway has developed the indy 500, and its particular brand of middle-america, ... 1984 The Illustrated History of The Indianapolis 500 1911–1984, carl Hungness & associates, indianapolis greer, g, ...


Author: Jeff Hill

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 9781843837886

Category: History

Page: 283

View: 374

An examination of the relationship between sport and its cultural heritage.

A Companion to American Sport History

(For in-depth photographic coverage, and detailed stats on the early history of the race, see Jack C. Fox's The Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500, 1911–1984 [1984] and Lyle Kenyon Engel's The Indianapolis “500” [1970], ...


Author: Steven A. Riess

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118609408

Category: History

Page: 704

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A Companion to American Sport History presents acollection of original essays that represent the firstcomprehensive analysis of scholarship relating to the growing fieldof American sport history. Presents the first complete analysis of the scholarshiprelating to the academic history of American sport Features contributions from many of the finest scholars workingin the field of American sport history Includes coverage of the chronology of sports from colonialtimes to the present day, including major sports such as baseball,football, basketball, boxing, golf, motor racing, tennis, and trackand field Addresses the relationship of sports to urbanization,technology, gender, race, social class, and genres such as sportsbiography Awarded 2015 Best Anthology from the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH)


I reread such documents and reviewed again Jack C. Fox's indispensable 500-race chronicle entitled The Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500 (Carl Hungness & Associates, 1975), Clint Brawner and Joe Scalzo's Indy 500 Mechanic: The ...


Author: Terry Reed

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9781597973915

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 270

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In a nation that worships the automobile for the freedom, style, and status that it confers, the Indianapolis 500, run on or near Memorial Day eighty-seven times, is an annual rite of passage celebrating Americans' love affair with speed. Indy recounts the drivers (677 men and 3 women) who have gone to Indianapolis in the past ninety-five years to live their dreams, staking their lives on the outcome. It highlights the faces in the crowd: hardworking Americans, tinhorn celebrities, hookers, movie stars, gate-crashers, and five American presidents. Terry Reed focuses his narrative on the track's four quarter-mile-long turns, each the site of triumphs (including those of such multiple winners as Billy Vukovich, A. J. Foyt, and Helio Castroneves); grisly deaths (at least sixty-six, including three unrelated men of the same unusual last name who died in the same turn but in different decades); and bizarre heroics (like the sans souci French driver who downed champagne throughout the 1913 Indy 500 and still won). Reed also examines Indy's confluence of racing and aeronautics (World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker once owned the track) and the impact upon the event of such forces as segregation, gender politics, food, fads, publicity stunts, world-class partying, and tasteless pop culture. Indy takes readers on an entertaining, full-throttle ride through the history of one of the world's most famous races and one of America's most hallowed rituals. It is the definitive account of the crown jewel of American motorsports.

The Indianapolis 500

Bloemker, Al. 500 Miles To Go: The Story of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. ... Burns, John M. Thunder at Sunrise: A History of the Vanderbilt Cup, the Grand Prize and the Indianapolis 500, ... The Illustrated History of the 500.


Author: Ralph Kramer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440217586

Category: Transportation

Page: 256

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The Greatest Spectacle in Racing Since the dawn of automotive racing, the world's best drivers have tested their skills, bravery and the limits of speed in the legendary Indianapolis 500. The winner claims the historic Borg-Warner Trophy, and racing immortality. Officially licensed in cooperation with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500: A Century of Excitement tells the compelling and entertaining story of the race that has become known as simply "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Overflowing with photographs hand-picked from the Speedway's mammoth photo archives, and filled with historic, behind-the-scene stories, you'll revel in the history that has shaped this amazing event.

A Pocketful of History

Autocourse Official Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500. Silverstone, United Kingdom: Crash Media Group, 2006. The Indy 500 Web site, at Taylor, Rich. Indy: Seventy-Five Years of Racing's Greatest ...


Author: Jim Noles

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780786731978

Category: History

Page: 320

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The U.S. Mint's Fifty State Quarters Program-its most ambitious program to date-has been a huge popular success. When the final state quarters are released in 2008, many thousands of individuals will have collected one commemorative quarter for each state in the Union. But what can we learn about our country's history and culture from 12.50 worth of quarters? A Pocketful of History tells the intriguing story behind each state's quarter: how each state chose its quarter's design; what is important about the people, scenes, or themes depicted on the coin; and what the collection tells us about how we view ourselves and our heritage. A Pocketful of History will guide readers on a fascinating journey through America's rich history of change.

American Auto Racing

American Automobile Racing : An Illustrated History . ... Brown , Allan E. The History of America's Speedways Past & Present . ... Fox , Jack C. The Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500 , 1911–1994 . Speedway , IN : Carl Hungness ...


Author: J.A. Martin

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 078648389X

Category: Transportation

Page: 231

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As soon as there were automobiles, there was racing. The first recorded race, an over road event from Paris to Rouen, France, was organized by the French newspaper Le Petit Journal in 1894. Seeing an opportunity for a similar event, Hermann H. Kohlsaat--publisher of the Chicago Times-Herald--sponsored what was hailed as the "Race of the Century," a 54-mile race from Chicago's Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois, and back. Frank Duryea won in a time of 10 hours and 23 minutes, of which 7 hours and 53 minutes were actually spent on the road. Race cars and competition have progressed continuously since that time, and today's 200 mph races bear little resemblance to the event Duryea won. This work traces American auto racing through the 20th century, covering its significant milestones, developments and personalities. Subjects included are: Bill Elliott, dirt track racing, board track racing, Henry Ford, Grand Prix races, Dale Earnhardt, the Vanderbilt Cup, Bill France, Gordon Bennett, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Mercer, the Stutz, Duesenberg, Frank Lockhart, drag racing, the Trans Am, Paul Newman, vintage racing, land speed records, Al Unser, Wilbur Shaw, the Corvette, the Cobra, Richard Petty, NASCAR, Can Am, Mickey Thompson, Roger Penske, Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon, and Formula One. Through interviews with participants and track records, this text shows where, when and how racing changed. It describes the growth of each different form of auto racing as well as the people and technologies that made it ever faster.

Indy Racing

Autocourse Official Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500. Crash Media Group, 2006. Arute,Jack. Jack Arute's Tales from the Indy 500. Sports Publishing, 2004 About the Author Tom Greve lives in Chicago with his wife Meg.


Author: Tom Greve

Publisher: Britannica Digital Learning

ISBN: 9781625130204

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 122

The very famous Indy 500 is explained in this book. Well-known drivers, cars, and sponsors are highlighted.

Blood and Smoke

A True Tale of Mystery, Mayhem and the Birth of the Indy 500 Charles Leerhsen ... Lost Indianapolis by John P. McDonald; Indianapolis: An Illustrated History by Bill Harris; and Milestones 2000, a publication of the Indianapolis ...


Author: Charles Leerhsen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439149058

Category: History

Page: 273

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One hundred years ago, 40 cars lined up for the first Indianapolis 500. We are still waiting to find out who won. The Indy 500 was created to showcase the controversial new sport of automobile racing, which was sweeping the country. Daring young men were driving automobiles at the astonishing speed of 75 miles per hour, testing themselves and their vehicles. With no seat belts, hard helmets or roll bars, the dangers were enormous. When the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened in 1909, seven people were killed, some of them spectators. Oil-slicked surfaces, clouds of smoke, exploding tires, and flying grit all made driving extremely hazardous, especially with the open-cockpit, windshield-less vehicles. Bookmakers offered bets not only on who might win but who might survive. But this book is about more than a race--it is the story of America at the dawn of the automobile age, a country in love with speed, danger, and spectacle.--From publisher description.

Smokin Open Wheel Race Cars

Autocourse Official Illustrated History of the Indianapolis 500: Revised and Updated Second Edition. Worcestshire, UK: Icon Publishing, Ltd., 2013. Georgiou, Tyrone. Indy Cars. New York: Gareth Stevens Pub., 2012. Palmer, Tom.


Author: Erin Egan

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9781622851003

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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In five fast-paced chapters, author Erin Egan takes readers through the wild world of open-wheel racing. From Formula 1 to the Indy Racing League, racing fans will learn about the history, personalities, and famous races associated with the different styles of open wheel race cars.