The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500

The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500

J. Craig Reinhardt
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Format: Hardback 202 color illus.
ISBN: 978-1-68435-070-4
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At speeds of over 230 miles per hour, the Indy open-wheel race cars set the bar for American Championship car racing. For over 100 years, the Indy cars and their drivers have drawn hundreds of thousands of spectators to Speedway, Indiana, with another 6 million people watching the race on television or by live stream. In The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500, James Craig Reinhardt, author and official tour guide for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, details the history of the famous race and how the open-wheel race cars have evolved over the last century. Starting in 1911 with the first running of the Indy 500, Reinhardt profiles each race and car, including the starting position, engine, tires, race speed, margin of victory, and much more. Featuring nearly 200 images of the automobiles and individuals who make the race renowned, this book showcases the top drivers and how racing has changed through two world wars, the Great Depression, and unforgettable accidents.


This beautifully illustrated book is a must-have for veteran and rookie race fans alike.

Author Bio

James Craig Reinhardt is an official tour guide for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and author of The Indianapolis 500: Inside the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

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This book is an amazing work about the 500 and all that surrounds this Super Bowl of Motorsports. Full of fact and the Real Deal.

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Bill Simpson, American racecar driver and owner of Simpson Performance Products

"

OMG! This book is amazing! It's full of stats, records, as well as a recap of every Indianapolis 500 race. I truly couldn't put it down. It's easy to read, and full of interesting anecdotes.

"


Lyn St. James, racecar driver

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Table of Contents

Preface


Part 1 The Indianapolis Motor Speedway


Part 2 The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race


1911 Ray and the Wasp "Sting" the Competition


1912 The Push Falls Short


1913 The Good Wine


1914 "Deux" for France


1915 DePalma Gets His Win


1916 A 300 Mile 500


1919 The Race Resumes


1920 Lighter is Better


1921 Chevrolet Again


1922 Murphy Dominates


1923 Milton is the First with Two


1924 It's a Dusie!


1925 A Glimpse into the Future


1926 A Great Day for Lockhart, Miller, and Firestone


1927 Duesenberg's Last Hurrah


1928 Only the Beginning


1929 The Millers Rule


1930 Arnold Nearly Perfect


1931 Not to Be


1932 Arnold's Final Effort


1933 Too Fast?


1934 Slow Down!


1935 My Name is Offenhauser, but You May Call Me "Offy"



1936 A Third for Louis


1937 The Silver Anniversary: One for the Books!


1938 Innovation, Innovation, and Innovation!


1939 Wilbur's Second


1940 Back to Back!


1941 Back to Back!


1946 The Dawn of a New Era


1947 Too "EZY"


1948 A Rose is a Rose is a Rose


1949 Holland Finally Has His Day


1950 The California Invasion


1951 Broken Records, Broken Cars, and Broken Dreams


1952 Beginnings and Endings


1953 A Promise Fulfilled


1954 "Vuky" Prevails


1955 Triumph and Tragedy


1956 Luck of the Irish


1957 Hanks and Salih Wind Their Way to Victory


1958 Victory Overshadowed by Sorrow


1959 Watson, Ward, and Wilke Win


1960 An Instant Classic


1961 The British Invasion


1962 Records Are Made to be Broken


1963 Old Calhoun Triumphs


1964 The Last Hurrah


1965 Here to Stay


1966 Where are all the Cars?


1967 What's That Sound?



1968 "Maybe somebody up there doesn't want me to win."


1969 "I can still smell the garlic."


1970 Another Unser


1971 Two in a Row for Al


1972 Speed, Speed, and More Speed


1973 "Low-level Aviation"


1974 Supertex versus Lone Star J.R.


1975 Mother Nature Has Her Say


1976 A Soggy Conclusion


1977 Four for Foyt


1978 Cosworth Makes a Statement


1979 Ground What?


1980 The Yellow Submarine


1981 "and the winner is..."


1982 0.16 of a Second!


1983 The "Gas Man" Triumphs


1984 A Mears' Masterpiece


1985 ".. and around he goes!"


1986 The Greatest Gift


1987 The Reading Connection


1988 Mears and the Baby Borg


1989 Two Thumbs Up!


1990 The "Flying Dutchman"


1991 The Pass


1992 "You just don't know what Indy means."


1993 Farewell to a Legend


1994 "The Beast"



1995 "Get back to Indianapolis!"


1996 "It's a new track record!"


1997 The Flying Dutchman Flies Again


1998 No "Under A-Cheever"


1999 A.J.'s "Fifth"


2000 A "Juan-derful" Performance


2001 "The Best Day of My life!"


2002 "Two for Two"


2003 A Penske "Hat Trick"


2004 Vindication


2005 Dan and Danica


2006 "As Good As It Gets!"


2007 One for Dario


2008 "The Ice Man"


2009 Three for Helio


2010 A Great Day for Britain


2011 "The Most Important Race in History"


2012 A Third for Dario


2013 "Finally!"


2014 USA! USA!


2015 Sixteen and Counting


2016 The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race


2017


2018


Appendix


Winning Entrants (Owners)


Winning Engines


Winning Engines' Specifications


Winning Chassis


Winning Tires


Winning Drivers


Winning Chief Mechanics


Rookie Winners


Winners from the Pole Position


Starting Positions of Winning Cars


Winning Car Numbers


Race Summaries


Race Records


Race Milestones


Qualifying Records


Qualifying Milestones


Broken Speed Barriers


Notes



Bibliography


Index