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Tazio Nuvolari’s Signature Victory

Tazio Nuvolari following his shocking victory at the Nurburgring in 1935.

Some insisted that Tazio Nuvolari had made a pact with the devil. His of another realm performances behind the wheel of a speeding race car certainly bolstered that suspicion

1963 — Year Of Transition

Jim Clark in his Lotus at Trenton (N.J.) Speedway in 1963.

With backing from Ford, Lotus’s Colin Chapman had created an Indianapolis car based on his Formula One machines that nearly won the 500 in its first outing

Can An American Win The Indy 500?

Townsend Bell

In the past 14 races only three Americans have had their images emblazoned on the Borg Warner trophy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sam Hornish was the last in 2006, Buddy Rice won two years before that, in 2004, and there was a five-year gap, Eddie Cheever in 1998, before Rice’s win

Indianapolis 500 News & Notes

Marco Andretti and the Andretti Autosport team will be Chevrolet powered in 2012.

Team Penske driver Will Power demonstrated his class on Pole Day. As Alex Tagliani got the checkered flag to end his pole winning qualifying run on Saturday, Power, who had been standing, and applauding as enthusiastically as the other spectators watching Tags’ run, made his way over to congratulate the crew, and then Tag when he climbed from the car

Who Will Miss The Indianapolis 500?

Ho-Pin Tung is among the eight rookies at Indianapolis this year. (David E. Heithaus photo)

With qualifying for the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 looming, the question on many minds, certainly those of the teams and drivers, is who’s not going to make the exclusive field of 33?

Ribbs Back At Indy 20 Years Later

Chris Miles (left), driver Chase Austin and former Indy car driver Willy T. Ribbs (right) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. Ribbs is scheduled to return to driving at the Baltimore Grand Prix Labor Day weekend.

Twenty years after he made history in 1991 by becoming the first African-American to compete in the Indianapolis 500, the personable, well-liked Willy T. Ribbs has returned to the scene of his greatest triumph

Revson’s Thrilling Indianapolis Pole Run

Peter Revson won the pole for the 1971 Indianapolis 500.

Forty years ago, not unlike today, Roger, “The Captain”, Penske, appeared to have the field covered for the 1971 Indianapolis 500

Ho-Pin Tung Chases Indy Milestone

Ho-Pin Tung is attempting to become the first Chinese driver to race in the Indianapolis 500. (IndyCar photo)

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

Early Days Racer Art Sparks

Art Sparks with Jimmy Snyder at Indianapolis in 1939. (IMS photo)

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

Foyt Remained An Offy Loyalist Despite Chevy’s Horsepower

ONES: Parnelli Jones in his Chevy sprint car holds the high groove against A.J. Foyt’s Offy at Indiana’s Salem Speedway. (Bob Gates Collection Photo)

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.

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