Just as in 1959, the 500 came down to a two-man race between Rodger Ward and three-time runner-up Jim Rathmann. This time the finish was reversed with Rathmann taking the win.

They swapped the lead back-and-forth all day. Ward led laps 148-151, Rathmann 152-162, Ward 163-169, Rathmann 170, Ward 171-177, Rathmann 178-182, Ward 183-189, Rathmann 190-193 and Ward 194-196. Then, on lap 197, Ward's tires wore through to the cord and he was forced to let Rathmann go by and on to the checkered flag.

In qualifying, Jim Hurtubise set a one-lap record of 149.601 mph. This also was the year a home-made spectator scaffold collapsed during the parade lap. Two spectators were killed and about 40 injured.

Fans cheer as the 1960 race gets underway. (The Indianapolis News)