The Indianapolis 500

The Indianapolis 500

Inside the Greatest Spectacle in Racing
J. Craig Reinhardt
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 04/01/2019
Format: Paperback 98 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-1-68435-074-2
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Known as the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the Indy 500 humbly began in 1911. Labeled as the first speedway, this two-and-a-half-mile oval is now home to many of today's top races, including the Brickyard 400, the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the SportsCar Vintage Racing Association, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, and its most famous race, the Indianapolis 500. In The Indianapolis 500: Inside the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, speedway tour guide and racing aficionado James Craig Reinhardt shares what makes the legendary racetrack special. He reveals the speedway's unbelievable history, fast-flying action, notorious moments, and its secrets, including facts about the beginning of the brickyard, why the drivers kiss the finish line, how milk became the drink of choice, and much more. The perfect gift for the veteran or rookie, The Indianapolis 500 is a must-have for all race fans.

Author Bio

James Craig Reinhardt is an official tour guide for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and author of The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500.

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People love traditions, and first as a race fan, and second as an Indy 500 racer, while reading this book I learned so much about the background and history of the Indianapolis 500 that it made me even more proud to say I've raced in the Indianapolis 500 seven times and was 1992 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year. It's a 'must read' if you love the Indianapolis 500.

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Lyn St. James, racecar driver

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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

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Table of Contents

Preface


Acknowledgments


Part 1: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway


1. The Brickyard


2. The Yard of Bricks


3. The Wing and Wheel


4. Yellow Shirts


5. The Pagoda


6. The Scoring Pylon


7. Food


8. Gasoline Alley


9. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum


10. Fore!


11. Donald Davidson


12. Tom Carnegie


Part 2: The Month of May


13. "Mr. First in Line"


14. 11 Rows of 3


15. Qualifications


16. Carb Day


17. Concerts


18. Last Row Party


19. Public Drivers' Meeting


20. Legends' Day


21. 500 Festival


22. Coke Lot


23. Snake Pit


24. Armed Forces Day


25. Radio and "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing


26. Gordon Piper


Part 3: Race Day


27. Percussion Grenades


28. Spectacle of Bands


29. 500 Festival Princesses


30. Purdue University All-American Marching Band


31. Celebrity Guests


32. "On the Banks of the Wabash"


33. "America the Beautiful" and God Bless America"


34. National Anthem


35. Flyover


36. Invocation


37. Remarks


38. "Taps"


39. "Back Home Again in Indiana"


40. Balloon Spectacle


41. The Command


42. Pace Car


43. Pace Lap


44. Honorary Starter


45. Green! Green! Green!


46. Winners Drink Milk


47. Kissing the Bricks


48. The Borg-Warner Trophy


49. The Borg-Warner Victory Lane Wreath


50. Quilt Lady


Part 4: Epilogue


51. Victory Banquet


52. Herff-Jones Champion of Champions Ring


Part 5: A Lifetime of Memories


Appendix


Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Champions


Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Records


Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Qualifying Records


Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Broken Speed Barriers (Qualifications)


Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Pace Cars and Drivers


When The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Opened


Centennial Era


The Fans


Bibliography


Index