Category archives for: Racing History

Torn From The Headlines: June 11, 1969

Pages from June 11 1969

Art Pollard, 42 years young, survived a first lap crash Sunday, got into another car and won his first national championship ever at a record breaking 112.-157 miles per hour before a record crowd of 41 789 at State Fair Park.

Torn From The Headlines: June 2, 1982

Pages from June 02 1982

Gordon Johncock nipped Rick Mears by the eyelash-flicker margin of 16/100ths of a second Sunday to win the closest race in Indianapolis 500-Mile Race history at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

INDY: 1985, Sullivan Spins & Wins

Danny Sullivan spun yet still managed to win the 1985 Indianapolis 500. (IMS Photo)

One of the most memorable Indianapolis 500s was the 1985 affair, which saw Danny Sullivan spin while battling for the lead, yet battle back to claim the victory.

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.

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.


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