Guide to Indy 500 Museum; Photo of 1st ever Indy 500 car



I visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in mid-March 2014, just hours before Michigan State thrashed Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Final. I used what scarce vacation time I had to take in Indy 500 history and Indy 500 culture. It was literally 26 degrees outside, with a wind chill of 10 that afternoon, in Mid March (just in case you needed yet another reminder of what a BRUTAL WINTER we had in the Midwest during 2013-14).

Still I fought the elements to bring you this Indy 500 photo essay- enjoy!



Fittingly, and appropriately the first IndyCar of Danica Patrick is way behind the pack of cars at the Motor Speedway museum. *hey, hey! Tip your bartenders and remember the 7 o’clock show is totally different from the 11 o’clock show*

“mic check. is this thing on?”


Obviously, the Indy 500 Motor Speedway museum has a dry sense of humor. They place a Danica Patrick car next to The King Richard Petty. That’s funny, given that whole tiff they had in 2013. Or at least, I thought it was funny.

Those who stay will become champions.

Here’s what you clicked this Indy 500 post for: the first ever Indy 500 Champion race car; from 1911:


Paul M. Banks runs The Sports, partnered with FOX Sports Engage Network. and News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, currently contributes regularly to the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye publication and Bold Global.

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