Newsclip®: [Sports] Innovation a hallmark of cars at Indianapolis 500 - San Francisco Chronicle

"INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 set for May 29, The Associated Press looks at cars that have changed the race over the years. Instead of using a riding mechanic, which most drivers did to keep track of traffic behind them, Harroun introduced the rear-view mirror. Harroun finished the first race in 6 hours, 42 minutes, 8 seconds, more than 100 seconds ahead of runner-up finisher Ralph Mulford, a win that changed racing and solidified Indy's reputation for innovation. Was it the greatest race car never to win at Indy? The chase for victory lane officially ended in 1966 when the Novi-powered cars failed to qualify for the 33-car starting grid. [...] Offenhauser-powered cars got even more popular after the war. The man who drove the 'Smokey's Reverse Torque Special' made the most of his car owner's strange ploy. The Indy 500 rookie came to the track in 1961 with a car that followed the European trend of placing the",

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