Auto Racing: A Dodgem Game

It was a great race all right—for a scrap dealer. Otherwise, the 50th Indianapolis 500 was the most amateurish, confused and frustrating auto race in the history of the famed "Brickyard." Fully one-third of the 33-car field was wiped out on the very first turn; the yellow caution light was on for 41 minutes during the 31 hours; and only seven cars were still running at the finish. The winner of what was supposed to be the fastest race in history was less a hero than a survivor: British Grand

Prix Driver (and 1962 champion) Graham Hill, 37, who on...