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A 1961 Indianapolis 500 ticket that inspired the Centennial Era logo.

May 22, 2008

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Terre Haute, Ind., businessman Tony Hulman, left, and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Wilbur Shaw appear in this 1945 photo. Hulman completed the purchase of the facility Nov. 14, 1945 from American World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker and named Shaw president and general manager.

May 22, 2008

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Tony Stewart celebrates winning the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Aug. 7, 2005. Stewart, a resident of Columbus, Ind., became the first native Hoosier to win a race at IMS since Shelbyville native Wilbur Shaw won the 1940 Indianapolis 500.

May 22, 2008

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IMS Chief Executive Officer Tony George, left, and 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden pose on the Yard of Bricks on April 7, 2008. Hayden, from Owensboro, Ky., christened the new 16-turn, 2.620-mile road circuit at IMS on the 1909 Indian, right, that raced in the first motor race at IMS in 1909. The new circuit will play host to the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sept. 14, 2008 at IMS.

May 22, 2008

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A four-tier tower of the Japanese pagoda design was erected in 1913 at IMS.

May 22, 2008

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Janet Guthrie in 1977, when she became the first woman to race in the Indianapolis 500. She placed 29th in the Bryant Heating & Cooling Lightning/Offy.

May 22, 2008

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The first competitive event to take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a gas-filled balloon race June 5, 1909. In the handicap division, Dr. Goethe Link and Russ Irvin’s “Indianapolis” won. John Berry and Paul McCullough won the National Championship race with the “University City.”

May 22, 2008

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A 1934 Indianapolis 500 credential that inspired the Centennial Era logo.

May 22, 2008

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Michael Schumacher celebrates his fifth United States Grand Prix victory on July 2, 2006. Schumacher, from Germany, became the first five-time winner of a major event at IMS with the victory.

May 22, 2008

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The four founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. From left, Arthur Newby, Frank Wheeler, Carl Fisher, James Allison. The photo likely was taken on the morning of the inaugural Indianapolis 500, May 30, 1911.

May 22, 2008

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Ray Harroun driving to victory in the inaugural Indianapolis 500, on May 30, 1911. Harroun drove the Marmon “Wasp” to victory.

May 22, 2008

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The first automobile races at IMS, in August 1909. The Speedway opened for three days of auto racing, the first automobile races in track history. The first auto race was a two-lap, 5-mile standing start “dash” won by Louis Schwitzer. Accidents in the initial events on the surface of crushed stone sprayed with tar, however, convinced the management that a paved surface was necessary for the safety of drivers.

May 22, 2008

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Jeff Gordon won the inaugural NASCAR stock car race at IMS on Aug. 6, 1994. Gordon, who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, Ind., has won the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard four times.

May 22, 2008

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A 1910 IMS event ticket that inspired the Centennial Era logo.

May 22, 2008

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Lewis Strang, who started from the pole of the 1911 Indianapolis 500, looks at a scale model of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in March 1909. The model was displayed next to the Georgetown Pike (now West 16th Street) outside of Turn 2, approximately the current location of the parking lot for the Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort and Inn.

May 22, 2008

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The start of the first motorized races at IMS, a motorcycle race, on Aug. 14, 1909. A.G. Chapple won the first race, a five-mile handicapped race with seven competitors, on an Indian motorcycle.

May 22, 2008

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A.J. Foyt in the Bowes Seal Fast Trevis/Offy after winning the 1961 Indianapolis 500, the first of his four victories. The 1961 race was the last that took place on a brick front straightaway. In October 1961, the entire front straight was paved except for a 3-foot strip at the start-finish line, now known as the “Yard of Bricks.”

May 22, 2008

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Al Unser Jr. edges Scott Goodyear by .043 of a second at the finish of the 1992 Indianapolis 500 on May 24, 1992. It remains the closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history.

May 22, 2008

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Louis Meyer became the first driver to win three Indianapolis 500-Mile Races. He also requested a bottle of buttermilk in Victory Lane, creating the inspiration for the winner to drink milk, an annual tradition since 1956.

May 22, 2008

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