Category archives for: Racing History

INDY: 1960, Rathmann Holds Off Ward

Jim Rathmann and Rodger Ward engaged in an epic battle during the 1960 Indianapolis 500. (IMS Photo)

Jim Rathmann and defending winner Rodger Ward engaged in the best two-man battle in Indianapolis 500 race history in 1960. Fourteen of the record 29 lead changes are between Ward and Rathmann, who won for the first time after three runner-up efforts.

Torn From The Headlines: May 20, 1998

Pages from May 20 1998

It was a great day for the state of Texas during Saturday’s Indianapolis 500 pole qualifications as Billy Boat won the pole for team owner A.J. Foyt of Houston.

INDY: 1992, Indy’s Closest Finish

Al Unser Jr. beat Scott Goodyear by a mere .043 of a second in the closest Indianapolis 500 finish in history in 1992. (IMS Photo)

In 1992, Al Unser Jr. beat Scott Goodyear by a mere .043 seconds in what remains the closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history.

Torn From The Headlines: May 11, 2004

Pages from May 11 2005

Old tires cost Greg Biffle a chance at victory last month. New tires assured him of one Saturday night.

Photographer Bob Sheldon, 87

Bob Sheldon

Former auto racing photographer and long-time racing historian, Bob Sheldon, 87, passed away on May 4. A longtime resident of Burnham, Ill., Sheldon was an active racing photographer from 1947 to about 1959

INDY: 1911, The Race That Started It All

Drivers race into the first turn of the 1911 Indianapolis 500

While many believe the 1911 Indianapolis 500 was the first auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, that’s not the case.

Torn From The Headlines: May 5, 1949

Pages from May 04 1949

Frank Luptow made it eight feature wins to his credit as he bowed his farewell to the fans at Tampa Speedway Park in preparation for the summer circuit of northern racing.

Torn From The Headlines: April 29, 1987

Pages from April 29 1987

Yoo-hoo. He’s over here. Sitting behind that crowd of reporters, where he’s been on Sunday afternoons after races most of the year. As a matter of fact, six of the eight afternoons that NASCAR’s major league drivers have buckled themselves in and gone racing, Dale Earnhardt has entered the confessional.

Torn From The Headlines: April 23, 1975

April 23 1975.TIF

Constantly looking for ways to better dirt-track racing for fans and competitors alike, Lindy Vicari, promoter and president of the Reading Fairgrounds, is currently experimenting with another revolutionary move in track maintenance.

Torn From The Headlines: April 16, 1952

Pages from April 16 1952

Buck Baker and his No. 89 Hudson Hornet turned in another thrilling expose of driving prowess by walking off with the 200-lap, 100-mile NASCAR Grand National Strictly Stock Classic here on the fast, hard half-mile clay oval as the 1952 Stock Car season opened at the Columbia oval.

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