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May 24, 2015 is the 99th Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!


The Indianapolis 500 has become steeped in rich tradition, one of the most alluring aspects of “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing,” Since the inaugural race in 1911.

 

Multi-colored balloon release

It is to be believed that in 1947, it was the 1st year of the release of multi-colored balloons on race morning and that it was Tony Hulman’s wife, Mary Fendrich Hulman, who made the suggestion. The release had been timed to coincide, as it does to this day, by 1950, the final notes of “Back Home Again in Indiana.”
For the first time in 1957, the 500 Festival Parade took place. The parade along with several other related activities largely came about following a series of newspaper editorials over a two- or three-year period, local columnists had witnessed the several-day celebration in advance of the Kentucky Derby.

Where does drinking the milk come from?

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Louis Meyer regularly drank buttermilk to refresh himself on a hot day. He happened to drink some in Victory Lane as a habit after winning the 1936 race. A past executive with what was then the Milk Foundation was so elated when he saw the moment captured in a photograph in the sports section of his newspaper. That following morning he vowed to make sure it would be repeated in the coming years. Between 1947-55 the milk was apparently no longer offered, but the practice was revived in 1956 and has been a tradition ever since.

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Have you seen the Borg-Warner Trophy?


It’s one of the most recognizable trophies in all sports! It has been awarded to the winner of every Indianapolis 500-Mile Race since 1936. It’s crafted out of sterling silver by Spaulding-Gorham of Chicago. It was first unveiled at a dinner in New York on February 1936, featuring bas-relief sculptures of every “500” winner up until that time. New winners have been added every year since and in 1986 (the trophy’s 50th anniversary), the final space had become filled. The solution for 1987 was adding a base. In 2004, an even larger version replaced it, this one with enough spaces to last through 2034! One sculptured face, not of a winning driver of the late Speedway, Tony Hulman, in gold, was placed on the base in 1987.


The premier event of the 2015 season of the Verizon IndyCar Series, Ryan Hunter-Reay will enter the race as the defending champion. Ed Carpenter, back-to-back poles winner in 2013–2014, will attempt to become the first driver in Indy history to win three consecutive pole positions. Three-time Indy winner Hélio Castroneves will once again attempt to win a record-tying fourth 500.

 

 

 

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