Milestone Moments in Indy 500 History

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Indianapolis, IN – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway continues its “Traditions” series with the stories of some of the greatest moments in the history of the Indianapolis 500 — including the 30-year anniversary of Willy T. Ribbs being the first African American driver to qualify for the race, the 45-year mark of Janet Guthrie as the first female entrant, and the 25-year anniversary of Arie Luyendyk setting the all-time IMS speed record.

For a look at the earliest days of the Speedway — its founders, construction, first-generation racing heroes and more — check out Mark Dill’s First Super Speedway book and companion website. The book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target and Blackwell’s.

And get ready to start your engines!