A history of the Indianapolis 500

Since Ray Harroun won the first race in 1911, the Indianapolis 500 has been run every year except during the two world wars. It nearly died out after 1945, but Wilbur Shaw and Tony Hulman kept it going.

An elite few have won multiple times, starting with Tommy Milton in 1923. Only A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears have won it four times. It's a dangerous sport and many have died. Bill Vukovich, Tony Bettenhausen, Eddie Sachs and Pat O'Connor are the most famous, but the casualties also include little-known mechanics and even spectators.

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The checkered flag and the 1963 Indianapolis 500.