IMS Rolls Out Online History Features Leading to May 23 Legends Day

Indianapolis, IN — The history and heroes of the Indianapolis 500 will be in the spotlight through a variety of activities leading into Legends Day presented by Firestone at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The first driver featured in IMS’ “My Favorite Car” series is Mario Andretti. Photo: IMS

Some of the milestone events to be celebrated include the 50th anniversary of the first of Al Unser’s four victories in 1970, the 40th anniversary of Johnny Rutherford’s third Indy 500 victory in the famous “Yellow Submarine” car in 1980, the 100th anniversary of Gaston Chevrolet’s win on a single set of Firestone tires in 1920, the 55th anniversary of Jim Clark becoming the first driver to win the “500” with a rear-engine car in 1965, the 15th anniversary of Danica Patrick becoming the first woman to lead the race in 2005 and many more.

Two new online series will help tell those stories and others. The first series — showcasing some of those milestones anniversary events — debuted Feb. 21 and will continue weekly on Fridays through early May. Get the first story about the Firestone tires in 1920.

And the second series, My Favorite Car, will feature interviews with Indy 500 race winners and legends. It launched Monday (Feb. 24) and will continue weekly each Monday. First up is Mario Andretti.

Watch for more historic and archive material on IMS social channels and the IMS YouTube page throughout the spring.