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.
Hundreds of drivers have started the Indianapolis 500, but only a select few had enough horsepower to make our definitive lineup—and it took more than just checkered flags.
Money! Power! Sex! Trumps! Home-improvement magnate John Menard and Carmel executive Steve Hilbert used to be tight. Then an ill-fated business venture between the iron-willed, bootstrap billionaire from Wisconsin and the flamboyant former insurance tycoon from Indiana lit up courthouses from Hamilton County to Eau Claire. Now, wives, family, employees, business associates—including Donald and Melania Trump—and anyone else standing too close to the flameout are feeling the heat from tawdry allegations and bitter recriminations. How did their friendship—and four years of gloves-off litigation—turn so ugly?