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Now retired, and coming up on 80 years of age, A.J. Foyt is one of the great racers of all time.  He is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (which he won four times), the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  He dropped out of high school to become a mechanic, and from what I can tell, I don't think he has any plans of going back.

The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race also known as the “Indy 500” celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011.  The race is held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana in a suburb known as Speedway, Indiana.  The event is held over the       Memorial Day weekend and draws a tremendous crowd.  It is billed as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and is considered one of the three most prestigious           motorsports events in the world, the largest single-day sporting event in the entire world.  On the 100 year anniversary, the total purse exceeded $13 million, with over $2.5 million awarded to the winner, making it one of the richest cash prize funds in sports.  Traditionally, the field consists of 33 starters, aligned in a starting grid of eleven rows of 3 cars apiece.  The Indy cars are professional-level, single seat, open cockpit, open-wheel, purpose-built race cars. The Speedway is a 2.5 mile oval circuit and the racers run counterclockwise around the circuit 200 laps for a distance of 500 miles.  The original complex was built in 1909 as a gravel and tar track.  The first long distance event was the 100-lap Prest-O-Lite Trophy.  The asphalt just couldn’t take that kind of abuse and began to breakup leading to two fatal accidents in the first two long-distance events, which were 250 and 300 mile races.  The fact that the paying crowds were upward of 40,000 convinced the owner Carl Fisher to invest $155,000 to repave the track with 3.2 million bricks.

 

Read the article in its entirety in the May 2014 Bevil newsletter, which accompanies the cover.

 

 

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It's no wonder the Indy 500 is billed as the world's greatest

racing spectacle-

the seating capacity of

the speedway complex is upwards of 300,000.

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