Let's play Indy Trivia from the Big Race in Indianapolis!
What beverage does the winner drink at the end of the race? Milk
The 500 celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011, but how many races have actually been run? 98
Why is the track nicknamed "The Brickyard"? Track was paved with 3.2 bricks
Which driver has won the race the most times? A. Three drivers have won the Indianapolis 500 four times each: A.J. Foyt (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977); Al Unser (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987) and Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991).
How fast is the fastest official lap turned in at the speedway? 237.498
Who were the youngest and oldest drivers to win the race? A. Troy Ruttman was 22 years, 80 days old when he won the 36th Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1952. Q. Who is the oldest winner of the Indianapolis 500? A. Al Unser was 47 years, 360 days old when he won the 71st Indianapolis 500 on May 24, 1987.
What is the length of one lap around the speedway oval? A. 2.5 miles. The track has four distinct turns and straightaways, a layout unchanged since the facility opened in 1909. The front and back straightaways are 5/8th of a mile each, with the "short chute" straightaways between Turns 1 and 2 and Turns 3 and 4 at 1/8th of a mile each. Each of the four turns is 1/4th of a mile long.
What was the price of a ticket to the first race in 1911? $1.00
Has any driver won the Indy 500 three times in a row? A. No. Five drivers have won the race two years in a row: Wilbur Shaw (1939-40), Mauri Rose (1947-48), Bill Vukovich (1953-54), Al Unser (1970-71) and Helio Castroneves (2001-02).
Has the starting field always contained only thirty-three cars? A. No. After 40 cars started in the inaugural race in 1911, the Contest Board of the American Automobile Association (AAA), the sanctioning body at the time, mandated a formula for limiting the size of a starting field according to the size of the track.