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The Indy 500: 100 Things You Need to Know – Part 4

Facts 76-100 ahead of the 100th Running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

The Indianapolis 500, scheduled for this Sunday, May 29, will achieve another milestone when it takes place for the 100th time. This quick guide brings you up to speed on The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. This is the fourth and final installment of 25 things you need to know to make you an Indy aficionado.

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  1. Matthew Brabham is scheduled to make his family a three-generation 500 competitor (along with Jack and Geoff), joining the Andrettis (Mario, Michael, and Marco) and the Vukoviches (Bill, Bill Jr., and Billy III).

 

  1. Al Unser and Al Jr. made up the first father-son tandem in the same race (1983).

 

  1. Five three-brother sets have started the 500 (the Chevrolets, the Bettenhausens, the Snevas, the Whittingtons, and the Carter/Parsons).

 

  1. Nine women have competed in the 500; Janet Guthrie first made the field in 1977.

 

  1. Danica Patrick is the most successful, finishing in the top 10 six times in seven tries.

 

  1. Patrick was the first woman to lead a lap at Indy, in 2005.

 

  1. Patrick holds the record for best female finish (fourth in 2005).

 

  1. Desiré Wilson was Indy’s second female driver, passing the rookie test in 1982, but she never made the field.
Sarah Fisher
No woman had ever gone around the Speedway faster than Sarah Fisher.
  1. Sarah Fisher has been the fastest of Indy’s women at 229.675 mph, in 2002.
1986 race
The 1986 race was the first Indy 500 to be broadcast live in its entirety on national television.
  1. The 1986 race was the first to have live, flag-to-flag national TV coverage.

 

  1. The first 99 500s included a total of 758 starting drivers.

 

  1. IMS’ $90 million upgrade for 2016 includes new fencing, a new upper grandstand, and a new front entrance with a brick-laid courtyard.
Hall of Fame Museum
Indy’s Hall of Fame Museum is a must-visit place if you’re at the track.
  1. IMS’ Hall of Fame Museum houses many of the winning cars, plus the Borg-Warner trophy.

 

  1. The Brickyard Crossing golf course has four holes inside the track.

 

  1. The trackside pagoda, built in 2000, is the fourth such facility on the front straightaway.

 

  1. Tony Hulman’s daughter, Mari Hulman George, is board chair, and she has four children to carry on the family ownership.
Tom Carnegie
Tom Carnegie is an Indy legend, and he is missed.
  1. The late, great Tom Carnegie was the P.A. announcer from 1946-2006; Dave Calabro holds the position today.

 

  1. The recently installed 92-foot-high scoring pylon is a full LED board.

 

  1. IMS installed all-new video boards for the 2015 race.

 

  1. All 33 drivers in the race, plus the event’s queen, have ridden in the Saturday downtown parade since 1957.

 

  1. The breaded tenderloin is Indy’s signature sandwich.

 

  1. Forty-nine U.S.-born drivers have won, 20 international drivers.

 

  1. For $499, take a two-seat Indy-car ride around the famed oval.
Gasoline Alley
The famous Gasoline Alley always draws a crowd.
  1. The famed Gasoline Alley is the garage area where IndyCar teams work during May. Roughly one-third of it burned down prior to the 1941 race.

 

  1. IMS has approximately 235,000 seats, with roughly another 15,000 fans filling the infield on race day.