Indy 500 Race
It’s been exactly 20 years since he won the the Indy 500. Now, at 48, he returns as the oldest driver in the field.
The youngest driver in the 100th Running of the Indy 500 says victory is within reach. If Karam takes the Borg-Warner trophy today, he would be the youngest ever to win the race.
“If starting up front in the biggest race in history is your thing, I guess it’s pretty cool.”
In May 1996, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway saw speeds never reached before or since, with Luyendyk setting the pace. But there is one milestone the two-time Indy 500 champ still wishes he’d reached.
“People ask me, ‘Why don’t women race full-time?’” says the British driver, set for a fifth start in the 500. “It seems to be incredibly difficult—still—for female drivers to make that transition and find that level of sponsorship.”
Speed kills? Only when it outpaces safety. Here, a look at the history of innovation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The four-time champ recalls how close he came to first place in 1982—one of the greatest finishes in the history of the race.
Magnificent panoramas of the first running, part of the Bretzman Collection at the Indiana Historical Society, capture the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a century ago.
Every Indy 500 winner, and their average speeds.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway partnered with the Arts Council of Indianapolis to put a twist on the usual May banners.