The Indy 500 is a 200 lap marathon going from green flag to checkered flag. The first race was in 1911 and since then the qualifying speeds on the same track have tripled. The average speed 100 years ago was 75 miles per hour. So, the next time you are traveling 75 mph on the highway, pretend you are at the INDY 500. The track is two and a half miles long. Last year it was 225 miles per hour.
Ray Herune in 1911 used the first rear view mirrors to the car. Mario Andretti led in races 11 times but won only once in 1969. He jokingly says, “I bet if the race was 400 miles ,I would have won at least 6 times.” Brazilian driver Elio Castroneves won three times in the past decade while having time to be a dancer on Dancing With The Stars. He loves the feeling after turn 4 and seeing the winning checkered flag ahead.