- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Publications International, Ltd.; 1st edition (January 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785327983
- ISBN-13: 978-0785327981
- Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Indianapolis 500 Chronicle Hardcover – January, 1998
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Motor racing as a whole has not cared much about statistics with the exception of who won a particular event and to a lesser degree how much money they earned.
The notable exception to this is the Indianapolis "500", where participants are kept under a microscope from the first day of rookie orientation until the last person leaves the annual victory banquet. Drivers and teams who do not qualify for the annual race are given more media attention than winners of many major motor sports events!
This book examines the stories surrounding the Indy "500" from 1911 to 1997 (year before publication). In addition to listing every starting field (qualification type, starting position, number of laps run, reason for retirement, etc.), photos of every participant (the so called "wedding photo" taken after qualifications) are included. At least 4 pages are devoted to each race with the expected highlights, but also many of the stories of struggle and heartbreak that teams go through each year are detailed.
Much of the history of the famed "Brickyard" is also covered, with photos showing the evolution of the physical facility over time.
If you are a motor racing fan. and particularly if you are an avid follower of the Indy "500", you should have this well done reference work in your library.