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The Indianapolis 500 has always been more than a sporting event. After a long, cold, Indiana winter, Indy cars circling Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been more of a rite of spring.
Bill Vukovich in 1954 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (IMS Archives Photo)
“My father was the greatest driver to ever race at Indianapolis,” insists Bill Vukovich Jr., son of the iconic two-time 500 winner and an accomplished Indianapolis competitor in his own right.
1955 Indianapolis 500
During one of auto racing’s most dangerous eras, there was one exceedingly deadly year in which 100 spectators and a half dozen drivers, some of them racing icons, perished. 
Bobby Unser aboard his Novi race car in 1963.
“I know the reputation the Novis had,” three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser said about, perhaps, the most iconic cars in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history.
Ron Lemasters Jr.
Next month, we’ll reconvene at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the annual classic that is — still and always — the Indy 500.
Lloyd Ruby at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1970. (IMS Photo)
The list of drivers who should’ve won the Indianapolis 500 but didn’t reads like a racing who’s who — Ted Horn, Duke Nalon, Rex Mays, Jack McGrath and Michael Andretti are among those that came tantalizingly close. 
In one of the darkest times in American racing history, as all professional and collegiate sports have been halted because of COVID-19, Thursday’s announcement by IndyCar can be viewed a much-needed ray of hope.
Penske Corp. Completes
Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar officials have rescheduled the Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge for Sunday, Aug. 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Roger Penske intends to make Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 shine brighter than they ever have thanks to several changes and updates announced on Friday. (IndyCar Photo)
More money for the Indianapolis 500 purse, more time for the Last Row Shootout on Bump Day and major facility upgrades to Indianapolis Motor Speedway were announced by Roger Penske Friday in Indianapolis.
Penske Corp. Completes
A wide-ranging, multifaceted plan to boost and strengthen the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and Indianapolis Motor Speedway was unveiled Thursday.

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