The Indianapolis 500 remains America’s most famous race. It attracts nearly half a million people to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend for an iconic day of speed. The names that have won the “Indy 500” reads like a who’s who of auto racing.
To many, it is simply called the “brickyard,” the home of American racing.
So many automotive innovations that we now take for granted in our own cars came from first being tested at races in Indianapolis. Everything from seat belts to superchargers all have been integrated into the cars we drive today.
There has been tire improvement from hard rubber to the steel belted radial tires of today. The gas we use has been improved and now the race cars are running Ethanol. So from safety, to tires, to fuel, the innovations made at the “Indy 500” has affected the cars we drive today.
Of course we should note that the fine people at NASCAR had a hand in those innovations as well.
But our focus is on the Indy, and of course on the drivers. There have been so many outstanding drivers over the years at Indianapolis that cutting the list to 10 was tough to do. So let's see if you all agree with my list.