Auto Racing: Ford on the Pole

It was the biggest crowd of the year to attend a U.S. sporting event. At Indianapolis' Motor Speedway last week, 250,000 spectators jammed into the stands to watch the world's fastest racing cars blast around the 21-mile oval. Who won the race? There was no race. The Indianapolis 500 isn't until this week, and these were merely the qualification trials. But they pitted a new breed of rear-engined racers against the reigning kings of the Brickyard, the burly front-engined Offenhausers that have won every 500 for the past 17 years. No auto buff within driving distance wanted to miss...

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