The magnitude of the Indianapolis 500 is such that it has spun off a series of milestone events that have captured the imagination of many. Whether they’re technically innovative, or simply appeal to pop culture, these “firsts” have long been a part of the aura of Indy
At 19 Art Sparks thought he had the world by the horns. He had 10 grand in his pocket, a 17-year-old bride, and was on a ship bound to the orient
Reams have been written about A.J. Foyt’s phenomenal racing success. His expertise, talent and accomplishments have been extolled by many, known by legions.
Born Mariette Helene Delangle in a small French village, she grew up disgruntled with the slow-paced French-country lifestyle. She wanted excitement, and, at 16, pursued that desire in Paris. Attractive, slim, athletic, she changed her name to Helle Nice and found fame as a model for “risqué” postcards, and as an exotic dancer.
Bob Veith raced in 11 Indianapolis 500s. He never won, but that mattered little. Just competing in the 500 fulfilled his dreams and, he believed, defined him as a driver — and with good reason.
With a new racing season looming, be prepared to hear a lot of the name Armstrong. Articulate, photogenic and young, the Armstrong boys represent everything desired in today’s sponsor-driven racing world.
Three months after Troy Ruttman took the 1952 Indianapolis 500 as the youngest winner in the iconic track’s history, he severely injured his right arm in a freak sprint-car accident at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
There was a time when a small, brick-front building in an industrial section of L.A., lodged between Helen’s Café and Jim Narin’s Machine Shop, housed the most important race shop in America.
The Rich Vogler Scholarship Fund, now in its 21st year, has provided $350,000 to more than 300 deserving kids from racing families. They’ve been children of officials, mechanics and others connected with racing, and the recipients include Sarah Fisher and Ryan Newman.
Jochen Rindt’s magnetic charisma and his fearless, passionate, win-or-leave-it-all-on-the-mat style captured the imagination of the media, the fans and his peers alike.