The Indianapolis 500 is said to be the largest single-day racing event in the world. The speedway boasts an arena that brings large crowds and voracious fans who clamor to see their favorite Indy stars heat up the track. The event is held once a year on Memorial Day and it is a race-lovers dream.
History is made over many times at the race which is one reason why fans are rampant about opening-day. They never know what they may miss.
Patrick is well known in the racing world as a not only a premier driver but also a very attractive woman who has appeared in commercials and even music videos. Her fourth place win scored her the title of the first woman driver ever to lead in a race with 19 laps. She is a champion to women drivers and budding little stars the world over because of her success on and off the track.
The wreck heard around the Indy world, Savage’s car was mangled in a fiery wreck by boomeranging against a racetrack wall, causing silence in the crowd of thousands 41 years ago in 1973. Although Savage survived the initial crash, he passed away from his injuries a month later.
Women in the Indy
Women were not only not only discouraged to race before 1971, women reporters were not allowed in the pits before this time. The sport has come a long way in including the ladies. Patrick, Lyn St. James, and Sarah Fisher have brought the female aspect into the race along with others over the years since the race began in 1911.
As a two-time winner of the Indy 500, the Englishman was on the up and up before his horrific crash at the Vegas Motor Speedway. His crash involved a sliding pileup that no one anticipated. He was only 33-years-old yet even more disturbing is that his death was in the same year as his last win. Four others suffered the same fate: Gaston Chevrolet, Ray Keech, George Robson, and Joe Boyer.
As a former driver himself, Penske is now the victor of the most owner wins in Indy history. His empire of drivers, companies, and prestige has estimated him as one of the most lucrative players in the racing empire. His business acumen has produced winning drivers and wins in the corporate world.
The Indy 500 is more than just a sport; it can mean life or death for the driver, yet it is a sport loved worldwide. The drivers are brave and the endurance is second to none.