"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." - Ray Harroun, Racecar Driver and Winner of The First Indy 500
The first-ever Indianapolis 500, one of the world’s most famous motor racing competitions, was held 108 years ago today in 1911. Featuring forty drivers, the historic race took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and a $14,000 prize for the winner. Racing pioneer Ray Harroun won the inaugural race, clocking an average speed of 74.59 mph and a total time of 6 hours and 42 minutes. This year's big race was last week, with French driver Simon Pagenaud taking home the $2.67 million purse.