Sport: Memorial Day Winner

At the flag drop, 33 low-hung, overpowered racing cars, almost blacked out by clouds of dust and exhaust smoke, roared down the brick and asphalt Indianapolis Speedway track last week in the first lap of the 500-mile Memorial Day grind. The Speedway rightfully prides itself on being the proving ground for most of the automotive advances in the past 40 years, and this year improved cars and equipment produced a whole roster of shiny new records. But speed outstripped design. Only six of the starting thoroughbreds managed to last the full distance.

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