The Indy 500 is a historic race. I began Tuesday, May 30, 1911. Since then there have been a lot of moments that are monumental. There are a lot of superb moments but, here is the top five.
1960 Indy 500
This was one of the greatest battles in the history of the Indy 500. Roger ward and Jim Rathmann drove the entire race in a nose to tail fashion. They were swapping leads more than any race in Indy history. There were 14 lead changes in the second half of the race alone. In the end though, Rathmann took the lead back on lap 197 to keep it for the remainder of the race.
2006 Indy 500
This race was proving to be much like any other race. Sam Hornish Jr. scored is only victory in the race by pass Marco Andretti a mere 200 yards from the finish line. This was the second closest finish in the history of the Indy 500 a mere .0635 seconds lead.
As always the Indy 500 has kept us on our seats.
1977 Indy 500
This was a win that took ten years in the making. A.J Foyt drove to the win in the 1961, 1964 and the 1967 Indy races. With his popularity at the time it was only a matter of time before he went on to score another win. Foyt went to the 1977 Indy 500 and scored a massive with against Tom Sneva. This was not the first time Foyt managed to grab a win away from Sneva. It was a 28.63 victory Foyt scored making him the first four-time champion in the history of the race.
1911 Indy 500
This was the first race of the Indy 500. That alone should put it at the top of the greatest moments of the race but, there is another point about the race that should be mentioned. Ray Harroun was the first to win the Indy 500. He did this by putting a mirror above the dashboard in his car. He drove the final leg of the race winning by a margin of 1.43. This would be Harroun’s last victory as he retired just after the race.
1991 Indy 500
This race was all Michael Andretti’s to win. He dominated the majority of the race leading 97 laps. Unfortunately a flat tire late in the race gave the win to Rick Mears, third four-time Indy Champion.