All you need to know about Indy 500
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Parnelli Jones takes a lap of the speedway in his 1963 Indy 500 winning car during a break in qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday May 19, 2012. He also drove this car to the pole position in 1962 with a lap of 150.370 miles per hour, which was the first qualifying speed set at the Indy 500 above 150 miles per hour.
The former ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ will be run on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedwayas the 96th Indy 500 is staged.
While squabbling between officials of various auto racing factions has drained some of the fun out of the event in recent years, the idea of open wheel cars going over 200 mph inches apart should be enough to excite even the most casual of sports fans.
Here are a variety of facts about the 96th Indianapolis 500:
EVENT — The 96th Indianapolis 500.
DISTANCE — 500 miles; 200 laps around the asphalt-on-brick Indianapolis Motor Speedway track, a 2.5-mile rectangular oval.
SANCTIONING BODY — IndyCar.
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