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2012 Indianapolis 500

 
Carl Fisher was the original founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909. Two years later, on May 30th, 1911, the first Indy 500 race was held. Paying a one dollar admission 80,000 people were in attendance to watch the “International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race.”

The Indy 500 has been held annually every Memorial Day weekend since 1911. It is the largest single-day sporting event. The race did not take place in 1917-1918 and 1942-1945 during America’s participation in World Wars.

Speedway, Indiana is home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Indy 500 race is on a 2.5 mile, paved, oval track covering 500 miles, which is 200 laps.

Festivities usually begin a week before the race and include lavish parties and celebrations.
 
 
 

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