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The very first event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a balloon race June 5, 1909.

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Balloons rose above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1969.

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In 1909, there were two balloon distance competitions at IMS, a National Championship Balloon Race and a Handicap Balloon Race for balloons that did not qualify for the championship.

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Balloons floated above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the 1968 Indianapolis 500.

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