A Brief History of the Indianapolis 500

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A Mecca of Racing
The Indianapolis 500 routinely draws more than 300,000 fans, making it one of the largest single-day events in all of sports. The massive grandstands can seat about a quarter-million, and throngs more crowd into the 224-acre infield. Pictured above, Sam Hornish Jr. speeds into turn three during the 2006 race.

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