The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500
Published by: Red Lightning Books
At speeds of over 230 miles per hour, the Indy open-wheel race cars set the bar for American Championship car racing. For over 100 years, the Indy cars and their drivers have drawn hundreds of thousands of spectators to Speedway, Indiana, with another 6 million people watching the race on television or by live stream. In The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500, James Craig Reinhardt, author and official tour guide for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, details the history of the famous race and how the open-wheel race cars have evolved over the last century. Starting in 1911 with the first running of the Indy 500, Reinhardt profiles each race and car, including the starting position, engine, tires, race speed, margin of victory, and much more. Featuring nearly 200 images of the automobiles and individuals who make the race renowned, this book showcases the top drivers and how racing has changed through two world wars, the Great Depression, and unforgettable accidents.
This beautifully illustrated book is a must-have for veteran and rookie race fans alike.
Part 1 The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Part 2 The Winning Cars of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race
1911 Ray and the Wasp "Sting" the Competition
1912 The Push Falls Short
1913 The Good Wine
1914 "Deux" for France
1915 DePalma Gets His Win
1916 A 300 Mile 500
1919 The Race Resumes
1920 Lighter is Better
1921 Chevrolet Again
1922 Murphy Dominates
1923 Milton is the First with Two
1924 It's a Dusie!
1925 A Glimpse into the Future
1926 A Great Day for Lockhart, Miller, and Firestone
1927 Duesenberg's Last Hurrah
1928 Only the Beginning
1929 The Millers Rule
1930 Arnold Nearly Perfect
1931 Not to Be
1932 Arnold's Final Effort
1933 Too Fast?
1934 Slow Down!
1935 My Name is Offenhauser, but You May Call Me "Offy"
1936 A Third for Louis
1937 The Silver Anniversary: One for the Books!
1938 Innovation, Innovation, and Innovation!
1939 Wilbur's Second
1940 Back to Back!
1941 Back to Back!
1946 The Dawn of a New Era
1947 Too "EZY"
1948 A Rose is a Rose is a Rose
1949 Holland Finally Has His Day
1950 The California Invasion
1951 Broken Records, Broken Cars, and Broken Dreams
1952 Beginnings and Endings
1953 A Promise Fulfilled
1954 "Vuky" Prevails
1955 Triumph and Tragedy
1956 Luck of the Irish
1957 Hanks and Salih Wind Their Way to Victory
1958 Victory Overshadowed by Sorrow
1959 Watson, Ward, and Wilke Win
1960 An Instant Classic
1961 The British Invasion
1962 Records Are Made to be Broken
1963 Old Calhoun Triumphs
1964 The Last Hurrah
1965 Here to Stay
1966 Where are all the Cars?
1967 What's That Sound?
1968 "Maybe somebody up there doesn't want me to win."
1969 "I can still smell the garlic."
1970 Another Unser
1971 Two in a Row for Al
1972 Speed, Speed, and More Speed
1973 "Low-level Aviation"
1974 Supertex versus Lone Star J.R.
1975 Mother Nature Has Her Say
1976 A Soggy Conclusion
1977 Four for Foyt
1978 Cosworth Makes a Statement
1979 Ground What?
1980 The Yellow Submarine
1981 "and the winner is ..."
1982 0.16 of a Second!
1983 The "Gas Man" Triumphs
1984 A Mears' Masterpiece
1985 ".. and around he goes!"
1986 The Greatest Gift
1987 The Reading Connection
1988 Mears and the Baby Borg
1989 Two Thumbs Up!
1990 The "Flying Dutchman"
1991 The Pass
1992 "You just don't know what Indy means."
1993 Farewell to a Legend
1994 "The Beast"
1995 "Get back to Indianapolis!"
1996 "It's a new track record!"
1997 The Flying Dutchman Flies Again
1998 No "Under A-Cheever"
1999 A.J.'s "Fifth"
2000 A "Juan-derful" Performance
2001 "The Best Day of My life!"
2002 "Two for Two"
2003 A Penske "Hat Trick"
2005 Dan and Danica
2006 "As Good As It Gets!"
2007 One for Dario
2008 "The Ice Man"
2009 Three for Helio
2010 A Great Day for Britain
2011 "The Most Important Race in History"
2012 A Third for Dario
2014 USA! USA!
2015 Sixteen and Counting
2016 The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race
Winning Entrants (Owners)
Winning Engines' Specifications
Winning Chief Mechanics
Winners from the Pole Position
Starting Positions of Winning Cars
Winning Car Numbers
Broken Speed Barriers
This book is an amazing work about the 500 and all that surrounds this Super Bowl of Motorsports. Full of fact and the Real Deal.~Bill Simpson, American racecar driver and owner of Simpson Performance Products
OMG! This book is amazing! It's full of stats, records, as well as a recap of every Indianapolis 500 race. I truly couldn't put it down. It's easy to read, and full of interesting anecdotes.~Lyn St. James, racecar driver
This book focuses on the winning car of each race. From the Marmon Wasp in 1911, to Will Power's Chevy-powered Dallara of 2018. Each race has its own story about the car that won each race, but it does give a brief, but complete, synopsis of each race. . . . I've looked through a lot of books and been through many photos from the Indianapolis 500. This book contains many photos I've never seen before.~OilPressure.com
Gold Medal, Sports/Fitness/Recreation Category, 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awardt