A rookie wins the 100th Indy 500!
I attended the race for many years and lost interest primarily because of the crowds. I used to go to Carb Day, qualifying and the race, despite it being a several hour drive each way, each time to the track. For years, I went on my Harley and we would get to park in the infield and we got an escort to the track by the Indianapolis Police Motorcycle team members, which made going to the track great when they blocked traffic and ran our group straight in.The last time that the race wasn't blacked out in central Indiana on tv was 1950. This year's race was sold out so they aired it. My Mom was 8 in 1950 and they didn't have a TV, so this was a first for her to be able to watch the race at home. The track stopped selling tickets at 350,000. That doesn't count workers, and people that didn't get tickets. Estimates top out at over 400,000. Truly the largest single day sporting event in the world.