Racing History

Torn From The Headlines: June 2, 1982

Gordon Johncock nipped Rick Mears by the eyelash-flicker margin of 16/100ths of a second Sunday to win the closest race in Indianapolis 500-Mile Race history at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

INDY: 1985, Sullivan Spins & Wins

One of the most memorable Indianapolis 500s was the 1985 affair, which saw Danny Sullivan spin while battling for the lead, yet battle back to claim the victory.

Torn From The Headlines: May 23, 1973

The Illini State, with more than a half hundred operating race tracks, speedways and fairgrounds and a long history of auto racing activity, may soon join Rhode Island as the only other state in the Union with nary a single active auto racing facility.

INDY: 1960, Rathmann Holds Off Ward

Jim Rathmann and defending winner Rodger Ward engaged in the best two-man battle in Indianapolis 500 race history in 1960. Fourteen of the record 29 lead changes are between Ward and Rathmann, who won for the first time after three runner-up efforts.

Torn From The Headlines: May 20, 1998

It was a great day for the state of Texas during Saturday’s Indianapolis 500 pole qualifications as Billy Boat won the pole for team owner A.J. Foyt of Houston.

INDY: 1992, Indy’s Closest Finish

In 1992, Al Unser Jr. beat Scott Goodyear by a mere .043 seconds in what remains the closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history.

Torn From The Headlines: May 11, 2004

Old tires cost Greg Biffle a chance at victory last month. New tires assured him of one Saturday night.

INDY: 1911, The Race That Started It All

While many believe the 1911 Indianapolis 500 was the first auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, that’s not the case.

Torn From The Headlines: May 5, 1949

Frank Luptow made it eight feature wins to his credit as he bowed his farewell to the fans at Tampa Speedway Park in preparation for the summer circuit of northern racing.

Torn From The Headlines: April 29, 1987

Yoo-hoo. He’s over here. Sitting behind that crowd of reporters, where he's been on Sunday afternoons after races most of the year. As a matter of fact, six of the eight afternoons that NASCAR’s major league drivers have buckled themselves in and gone racing, Dale Earnhardt has entered the confessional.

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