The first-ever Indianapolis 500, one of the world’s most famous motor racing competitions, was held on this day in 1911. Featuring forty drivers, the historic race took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and a $14,000 prize for the winner. It was the inaugural running of the Indianapolis 500, which is one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. Ray Harroun, an engineer with the Marmon Motor Car Company, came out of retirement to drive, and won the inaugural event before re-retiring for good in the winner's circle. During the historic race, Harroun clocked an average speed of 74.59 mph and a total time of 6 hours and 42 minutes.
"A driver must win with his skill as well as with the car. A good driver without a good car will never win and a good car with a poor driver also suffers." —