Sport: Noc-Out Special

More than 150,000 race fans turned out last week to celebrate Memorial Day in Indianapolis, i.e., the Indianapolis Auto Race, a 500-mile grind over a two-and-a-half-mile, brick-&-asphalt oval. Just before the start, the crowd listened to a radio message from the speedway's president, onetime Driver Eddie Rickenbacker, still in hospital in Atlanta from the plane crack-up that killed eight of his fellow passengers last February. "I hope and wish," said Captain Rickenbacker, "that this great outdoor laboratory will be permitted to carry on to help national defense. . . ."

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