On this day in 1911, one of the world’s most recognisable motor-sport events first took place.
The Indianapolis 500 has since become a staple of the American IndyCar calendar and usually still happens around its anniversary date, each year.
The very first race was won by, in a car that averaged roughly 75 mph. Nowadays, competitors race at an average of over 170 mph.
Unsurprisingly, the fastest Indy 500 ever was completed in 2013 by Brazilian Tony Kanaan in 2hrs 40mins 3secs. The fastest in-race lap belongs to American, Eddie Cheever at 38.119secs.
Other historical events throughout history On This Day include:
- One of the world’s most famous baseball players, Babe Ruth, retires (1935)
- The Lincoln Memorial is officially dedicated in Washington D.C. (1922).
- The Auckland Harbour Bridge is officially opened in New Zealand, providing a crossing over the Waitemata Harbour (1959).