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SPEED SPORT Photo Of The Week

James Hinchcliffe celebrates after winning the pole for the 100th Indianapolis 500. (Al Steinberg Photo)

It’s time once again to recognize one of our great photography contributors by selecting the SPEED SPORT Photo of the Week.

Brabham Family Has Long Indy History

Matt Brabham will make his Indianapolis 500 debut on Sunday. (Al Steinberg Photo)

Over the 105-year history of the Indianapolis 500, and as the 100th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing is set for Sunday, few families have left an impact on the race that continues to this day than what Sir Jack Brabham accomplished in the 50th anniversary of the race in 1961.

Indy 500 Memories: Janet Guthrie

Janet Guthrie sits in her car in 1977 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (IMS Photo)

When I first accepted Rolla Vollstedt’s invitation to enter the Indianapolis 500 in 1976, the 500 was the greatest race in the world. Sure there was Grand Prix and NASCAR was strong, but not nearly as important as Indy.

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.

SPEED SPORT Power Rankings

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For the second week in a row there is a new name atop the SPEED SPORT Power Rankings. So who moved to the top of our weekly list?

The Silver Fox Was The 600 Master

David Pearson (21) led 230 of 400 laps in the 1976 Coca-Cola 600, and sped to the victory over fellow NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Richard Petty. (CMS Archives Photo)

During the 1970s, epic on-track battles were status quo for NASCAR Hall of Famers David Pearson and Richard Petty; however, it was the three-time champion Pearson who owned the deed to Charlotte Motor Speedway in that decade.

Indy 500 Memories: A.J. Foyt

A.J. Foyt during the 1977 Indianapolis 500. (IMS Photo)

When I was a little kid working in my daddy’s shop in Houston I would listen to the race on the radio. I’d think, ‘Boy, I would really like to race up there some day.’ Then I went up there a couple of years and watched it. Afterwards I thought, ‘I’m not sure I really want to do this.’

Torn From The Headlines: May 23, 1973

Pages from May 23 1973

The Illini State, with more than a half hundred operating race tracks, speedways and fairgrounds and a long history of auto racing activity, may soon join Rhode Island as the only other state in the Union with nary a single active auto racing facility.

SPEED SPORT Point-Counterpoint

Kyle Larson (42) battles Joey Logano during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. (HHP/Alan Marler Photo)

Editor’s Note: Sports fans love to debate hot topics and compare their opinions to those of the so-called experts. In the spirit of that we bring you the first installment of point-counterpart featuring longtime SPEED SPORT Editor Mike Kerchner and Associate Editor Adam Fenwick.

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.

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