"Legends of the Indy," Road & Track, May 2016
“Legends of the Indy,” Road & Track, May 2016

What began on a Tuesday morning in 1911 with 40 cars and bets on which drivers (not if) would be killed, has since, 100 years later, become known as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Read up on more than a century of racing history with highlights from the greatest men and moments in races past, or place your bets with ESPN The Magazine’s prediction of four ways the centennial race can make history from beginning to end. It’s time for drivers to fire up their engines, and The Indy to take its 100th lap.

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