5 Facts About the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 This Memorial Weekend

By: Brian Schutt  |  May 28, 2016

We don’t know the weather conditions were on May 30, 1911—other than they were “noticeably warm” when Ray Harroun took the checkered flag of the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in his Marmon Wasp. (We also don’t entirely know what a Marmon Wasp is.)

But here’s what we do know.

Fact #1. This Sunday marks the 100th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. It’s the first sellout crowd since 1950, meaning all those not fortunate enough to go to the race get to watch the race live from the comfort of their living rooms, basements, kitchens, or wherever you care to watch.

Fact #2. James Hinchcliffe will be in the pole position for this year’s race. Last year, he nearly lost his life during practice runs. And now, he returned in valiant fashion to claim the top spot and start this year’s race.

Fact #3. Well, this is as factual as a weather forecast can ever be. But the next seven days—the end of May and start of June—will feel a lot more like July. Heat and humidity will be out in full force. Here’s a look at what’s upcoming:

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Here’s to hoping you already scheduled your spring preventative maintenance appointment!

Fact #4. Speaking of weather, some rain showers are in the forecast for this year’s race. Did you know the race has been rescheduled to new dates three times in the last 100 years:  1915, 1986, and 1997? And twice (1967 and 1973), the race—after already commencing—had to be postponed until the next day because of rain. And seven times, the checkered flag came out before reaching 500 miles because of rain, with the shortest race only reaching 102 laps in 1976,

Fact #5. While we will be spending the holiday with our families and friends—as we hope you will be doing too—we are always accessible via phone (317-670-0171), contact form, and twitter if you were to have an issues with your air conditioner. We’ll get a service appointment scheduled as soon as possible.

Enjoy the race and enjoy your Memorial Day!

 

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