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  • Robert Tyler Wickens
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robert Tyler Wickens (born March 13, 1989) is a Canadian racing driver from Guelph, Ontario, currently driving in the IndyCar Series for Schmidt Peterson Motorsp...
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    Donald C. Davidson is the historian of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the only person to hold such a position on a full-time basis for any motorsports facility in the world. Davidson started his care...
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  • Eddie Sachs "The Clown Prince of Racing" (1927 - 1964)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Eddie Sachs Born May 28, 1927 Died May 30, 1964 (aged 37) Formula One World Championship career Nationality United States American Active years 1953–...
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    A tribute to Art Pollard by his children From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Art Pollard (May 5, 1927 - May 12, 1973), was an American racecar driver. Born in Dragon, Utah, Pollard died in Indi...

The Indianapolis 500 is an automobile race held annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, an enclave suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana. The event is held over Memorial Day weekend in late May. It is contested as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the top level of American Championship Car racing, an open-wheel formula colloquially known as "Indy Car Racing". The name of the race is often shortened to Indy 500.

The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, which comprises three of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world, also including the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management, but the permanent seating capacity is upwards of 250,000, and infield patrons raise the race-day attendance to approximately 300,000.

The inaugural race was held in 1911 and was won by Ray Harroun. The event celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011, and the 100th running was held in 2016. Takuma Sato is the current champion. The most successful drivers are A. J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr., and Rick Mears, each of whom have won the race four times. The active driver with the most victories is Hélio Castroneves, with three. Rick Mears holds the record for most career pole positions with six. The most successful car owner is Roger Penske, owner of Team Penske, which has 16 total wins and 17 poles.

The event is steeped in tradition, in pre-race ceremonies, post-race celebrations, and race procedure. The most noteworthy and most popular traditions are the 33-car field, the annual singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana," and the victory lane bottle of milk.