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MAGAZINE: A Christian On A Dirt Bike

Trey Canard's is not only a great Supercross and Motocross competitor, but he is a role model to young people who are interested in the sport. (Rob Hargraves Photo)

For his Twitter profile, Trey Canard describes himself as “a Christian who happens to race motocross, not the other way around.”

MAGAZINE: Remembering ‘Boston Louie’

The Boston Louie Memorial will be run for the 20th time later this month. (Dick Ayers Photo)

It’s difficult to fathom that Wednesday, June 29 will mark the 20th running of the Boston Louie Seymour Memorial at Seekonk (Mass.) Speedway. There will be people attending the race — and competing in it — who weren’t even alive when “Boston Louie” Seymour died on Sept. 13, 1996, at the age of 69.

INDY TRADITIONS: Tom Carnegie

Tom Carnegie (right) called 61 Indianapolis 500s during his lengthy career. (IMS Photo)

Phrases such as “He’s on It” and “It’s a New Track Record” were made famous by Tom Carnegie, the chief announcer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s public-address system for an incredible 61 years.

INDY TRADITIONS: Pace Car

The pace car made its debut during the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911. (IMS Photo)

The concept of a pace car is one of many things first developed at the Indy 500 and it was created for the inaugural running of the race in 1911.

INDY TRADITIONS: 500 Miles

The Indianapolis 500 has always been a 500-mile race. (IMS Photo)

Carl Fisher and his partners decided to do away with several races on the program as was the norm in favor of one large race that they hoped would be too big to be ignored. They wanted their race to last about seven hours, from about mid-morning to late afternoon. They decided the cars of the day could run about 500 miles in that time frame, so that’s how they chose to stage a 500-mile race.

INDY TRADITIONS: Scoring Pylon

The original scoring pylon was built in 1959 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The current one has been in place since 2014. (IMS Photo)

The original IMS scoring pylon was erected in the spring of 1959 and was replaced by the second-generation version in 1994.

INDY TRADITIONS: Gasoline Alley

Gasoline Alley is one of the best known Indianapolis 500 traditions. (IMS Photo)

Originally “Gasoline Alley” only referred to the one corner of the garage area where the fuel depot was located, but eventually it became the nickname for the entire garage area where the race cars are housed from the day they arrive for the month’s activities.

INDY TRADITIONS: Drink The Milk

The tradition of the winner drinking milk began in 1936. (IMS Photo)

The tradition of the winner drinking milk in victory lane began because Louis Meyer liked buttermilk.

INDY TRADITIONS: Festival Parade

The first Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade took place in 1957. (IMS Photo)

Reports say the popular 500 Festival Parade started as a copy-cat idea to Louisville’s weeklong celebration in advance of the Kentucky Derby horse race, which is staged on the first Saturday in May approximately 110 miles south of Indianapolis at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

INDY TRADITIONS: Field Of 33

It hasn't always been a field of 33 during the Indianapolis 500. (IMS Photo)

This is a tradition that has changed as circumstances warranted.

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