The Indianapolis 500 which most of your know is one of the most prestigious automobile racing events held in the world alongside the Monaco Grand Prix each year. More times than not the Indy 500 is held on Memorial Day Weekend in Indiana.
What most of you may not know is that the 500 ran for the first time in 1911 and won by Ray Harroun and 2016 will be the 100th running of the Indy 500. The race consists of a 2.5-mile oval circuit and the drivers race for 200 laps counterclockwise.
Below is an amazing collection of historical photos captured at the famous Indianapolis 500.
1912 Indy 500
The finish line of the 1912 Indy 500 where Joe Dawson takes the checkered flag.
1927 Indy 500
1927 Indy 500 Winner George Souders and his Duesenberg #32
Indy 500 Garage
On the left is Mike Boyle who occupied a garage on Gent Street that helped field Indianapolis 500 cars from the years of 1920-1940.
Indy 500 1969
The Indy 500 winner in 1969, Mario Andretti.
1964 Indy 500 Disaster
May 30, 1964 a tire on fire detached from a race car flies into the spectating crowd after a gas tank explosion on the second lap. Eddie Sachs and Dave MacDonald both died on this day due to injuies sustained during this accident.
1911 Indy 500 Starting Line
The very first start of the Indy 500 in 1911.