Indianapolis Motor Speedway
This photograph commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, initially named the "International Sweepstakes." Considered "The Greatest Spectacle In Racing," the first Indy 500 was held on May 30, 1911. It attracted attention from both American and European racing teams and established itself as the premier motorsports competition in the nation, and the world. The race began amid roiling smoke, the roar of 40 engines and the waving of a red flag to signal 'clear course ahead.' The winning driver's race-average speed was 74.602 mph in a time of 6:42:08. This aerial panorama was taken by James Blakeway.