A Brief History of The Brickyard, and the Greatest Spectacle in Racing

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By Phil Hecken

It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the States, and aside from the knowledge that MLB teams will be wearing flag desecration Amateur Pacifist getups on Monday (a day for honoring our war dead, not the military, tyvm), we also know that this weekend brings the quintessential American auto race — the Indianapolis 500. My knowledge of Indy cars and the race itself is very limited — but fortunately we’re joined by a reader (and sometime contributor) who’s worked with me before to bring you racing history and facts — Rob Caplette, probably known more familiarly to you as “Inkracer” or “The Tattoed Enigma.” He’ll be bringing you two posts this weekend: today, a history of the great American race, and tomorrow a rundown of the participants for the 2013 edition.

I’ve actually been to the Indianapolis 500, and taken a lap (in a track bus) — all 2.5 miles of it — waaaaaaaaaay back in 1989, when a couple of buddies and I drove cross-county. The “Brickyard” has changed a lot since the first race, but the object is still the same. Be the first driver to get the checkered flag at the end. There’s a pretty great museum at the track too, which if you’re ever in the area, I’d recommend visiting. But, aside from almost always watching the race over the years, and being fairly fascinated by it, I really don’t know much. But Rob does. So I’ll now turn the remainder of today’s lede over to him, as he brings us…

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The History of the Indy 500
By Rob Caplette

8754396178_aa08a4fc91_zRob Caplette, aka Inkracer here once again. Phil has graciously given me the keys this weekend to showcase the Indianapolis 500. Today I will dive into the history; the winners, the cars, iconic moments, and controversies, to get you ready for the 97th running of the Indy 500 tomorrow.
Some Indy 500 facts: 67 different drivers have won in the 96 races that have taken place to date. The race has been held annually since the first race in 1911, with the exceptions of 1917, 1918, and 1942-1945 due to World Wars One and Two. 18 drivers have won it multiple times; 3 have won it 4 times (Two drivers, Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves hope to get win number 4 this year), 7 drivers have 3 wins, (Dario and Helio are the only active drivers with 3 wins) 8 drivers have 2 wins, no active driver has just 2 wins. In all, 743 drivers (not including rookies this year) have taken part in the 500 mile race.

IndyCar has a long and unique history and the history of the cars looks, both in design and livery, go hand in hand. When we look at the modern single seater rockets that IndyCars have become, it is hard to imagine that in the beginning the cars were 2-seaters, a driver to look forward and a mechanic to look back. The rearview mirror in your car is an invention that was pioneered at Indy. In 1911, the average speed of the winning car was 74.602 miles per hour and the race itself took almost 7 hours. Fast forward to the 2012 event where the average speed was 167.734 and took just under 3 hours to complete. The cars have also transformed quite a lot from the early days. With the cars getting closer to the ground and the engines moving from in front of the driver to behind the driver.

8753740211_cf237aa3fb_bBefore we dive into the cars, we will take a look at the track itself. The track was originally paved completely with bricks. The track would stay mostly brick until 1961, when all but the famed Yard of Bricks was repaved. Since then, the track has only been repaved a few times, with the last track surface maintenance coming in 2004. The Pagoda has received several facelifts over the years, one of which was needed after a fire. The Winner’s circle has had a notable facelift as well, coming when the track prepared to host the Formula One United States Grand Prix.

Every aspect of Indycars and IndyCar racing has undergone changes from the original days. Pit stops literally fell from several minutes down to the seconds they take today. As the speeds of the cars grew, the safety measures for the crew grew as well. The guys going over the wall used to be in khakis and other clothing that could easily catch fire. Now, like the drivers, the crews wear fire retardant suits and helmets. Often the same design as the driver, though this isn’t always the case. My favorite crew get up from the 500 would have to go to the STP Coveralls.

8754676470_cb79b2cd18_zFrom the start in 1911 through until the late 40s and early 50s there wasn’t much change in the cars. There were the slight changes like we tend to see from year to year in Formula 1.

The 1950s saw the start of a drastic overhaul to the IndyCar formula, which would spell the end of the front engine racers (The car pictured here is from earlier on in the history of Indy). A.J. Foyt would be the last man to win in a front engine car. He is also the only man in the 4-win Club to win in both front and rear engine cars.

The 1960s saw a more successful assault on IndyCar by Lotus, which was capped by a win by Jim Clark in 1965. The 70s saw even more evolution as the cars continued to get closer to the ground, and the addition of wings and downforce saw the speeds at the track continue to climb. From the 70s onward, the overall shape of the cars remained the same, though the visual evolution of the cars continued (and continues) to give us cars that are visually quite different.

8754396184_80381e407d_kThe look of the current cars (named the DW12 after the late Dan Wheldon) will continue to evolve in 2014 with the introduction of Aerokits. This year the biggest change to the cars is the car number is now displayed within the rear tire guard. White denotes as veteran driver, red denotes a rookie.

My favorite Indy 500 is the 1989 race. It is the race I have seen the most (My parents had it recorded on VHS) It is also the first time the winner (Emerson Fittipaldi) won over 1 million dollars. It also has what it is, to me, one of the most iconic finishes in 500 history. Dan Wheldon’s final win of his career will also go down in history as Iconic Indy. The thrill of victory and agony of defeat so well summed up in the faces of those two drivers. I am glad to say I was in attendance for that race.

Indy has always been a home of racing innovation. No part of the car was ever overlooked in the pursuit of speed. Turbine Engines have even been used at Indy. Indy has also had its fair share of weird looking race cars. Head games between the teams are also a big part of what makes Indy special. Roger Penske has a history of covering up the front and rear wings of his cars, when not on track or in the garage. (I do believe that practice is now against the rules.)

8753270941_4dd8986cbb_bIndy has had numerous iconic moments. Aside from the two I mentioned above, there is also Danny Sullivan’s famous “Spin and Win”, Sam Hornish’s last second pass of Marco Andretti, The closest finish in Indy 500 history where Al Unser Jr edged Scott Goodyear at the line. AJ Foyt becoming the first Four-time Winner of the great race, Ralph DePalma pushing his car to victory in the second Indy 500, and, of course, the barriers of 100 MPH (Rene Thomas, 1919), 150 MPH (Parnelli Jones, 1962) and 200 MPH (Tom Sneva, 1977) falling.

Of course, with the good comes the bad, and Indy has had its controversial moments as well. Most notably in 1981, where Bobby Unser was initially stripped of his win for passing under caution. He was eventually re-awarded the victory, but is said to still be bitter, and that it played a big role in his retiring at the end of that season. The other memorable controversy is the 2002 yellow controversy between Paul Tracy and Helio Castroneves. As with 1981, Penske’s driver was declared the victor when the smoke cleared.

Tomorrow I’ll be back with a rundown of how the cars qualified for the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.

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Thanks Rob! Great writeup. Readers? Are you into auto racing (either NASCAR or Indy/Formula 1)? Does this writeup make you want to see the race now? Let Rob know how much you appreciated this in the comments, and if you have any questions, fire away.

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all sport uni tweaksUni Tweaks Concepts

We have another new set of tweaks, er…concepts today. After discussion with a number of readers, it’s probably more apropos to call most of the reader submissions “concepts” rather than tweaks. So that’s that.

So if you’ve concept for any sport, or just a tweak or wholesale revision, send them my way.

Please do try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per image — if you have three uniform concepts in one image, then obviously, you can go a little over, but no novels, OK? OK!. You guys have usually been good with keeping the descriptions pretty short, and I thank you for that.

Like the colorizations, I’m going to run these as inline pics — click on each one to enlarge.

And so, lets begin:

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We begin today with Mike Edenzon, who tried his hand at a University-wide rebrand for the Scarlet Knights:

Rutgers Basketball - Mike Edenzon Rutgers Football - Mike Edenson

Rutgers Baseball - Mike Edenson

Hey Phil,

Since Nike has been “branding” schools by matching uniforms throughout each sport, I thought I’d give it a try with my favorite school, Rutgers.
I essentially simplified the football, basketball, and baseball uniforms, while matching letter and number fonts. I also tried to emphasize scarlet since they are the SCARLET Knights, and compliment that with white letter and trim instead of the awful black or chrome.

Enjoy!

-Mike Edenzon

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Next up is Joe Mueller, with a new look for the Blues of St. Looey:

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Dear Phil,

A while ago I submitted two Saint Louis Blues away uniform concepts here are the home uniform concepts.

Sincerely,
Joe Mueller

(I’ve also included the away jerseys in case some don’t remember them.)

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We close today with Ty Brewer who has concept for the Bengals:

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Greetings Phil,

Here is my concept for some a New Bengals Logo and gear. Been a fan for 20 years, and I think it’s time to deviate away from the stripes (except for the helmet, that’s untouchable). I jumped on the bandwagon and added grey to the uniform, and replaced white all together. Thanks for your time and your awesome website!

Sincerely,
Ty Brewer

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And that’s it for today. Back with more next time.

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Stirrup FridayStirrup Fridays…

Because we love the stirrup here at Uni Watch, this section is devoted to those of us who sport the beautiful hose on Fridays — a trend popularized many years ago by Robert P. Marshall, III. For many of us, it’s become a bit of an obsession, but a harmless one — a reflection of our times. Where we once had Friday ties, which has been replaced by Casual Friday — we now have Stirrup Fridays. It’s an endearingly simple concept — no matter where you work (or even if you don’t) — break out a fresh pair of rups to compliment (or clash with) your Friday attire.

Nice set for this Saturday. Not too big, not too small, and a couple of very nice shots.

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James Poisso - Red Northwest

James Poisso:

Phil,

Stirrups to start a long weekend.

James Poisso

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Jake Graham - Vet Rups

Jake Graham:

Phil,

I’m a veterinarian that is spreading the revolution through my patient’s bandages. This one was seemed appropriate for Memorial Day and the client’s child asked for a Patriotic theme. Had to shrink it all down on this one as it was a 5 lb chihuahua.

Jake

(The patient’s face was hidden to protect the innocent)

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John K.:

Phil,

St. Louis Browns today for no particular reason other than they were on the top of the “stirrup drawer” and they are a good look.

John K

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Jason Bernard:

Robert & Phil,

You know what it is. Bucs & Pucks in the Burgh.

Bernard

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Soukie-Knucksie

Soukie Outhavong:

Comrades,

Does that look like a knuckle curve or a slider?

Soukie

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Jeff Memorial Day

Jeffrey Martin:

Hi Phil

This was my look for the Memorial Day Weekend at my school. (I teach 5th and 6th grade Physical Education at the New Jersey shore.)

I broke out the “Amerks” Stirrups from the Robert Marshall Collection.

As we open up for our first summer after Hurricane Sandy, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Oklahoma as they begin the process of rebuilding.

Jeff Martin

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And that ends today’s look at Stirrup Friday — all of you who participate, send me your pics and a brief (~50 words) description of their relevance, and I’ll run ‘em here on Saturday (and sometimes Sunday too!). Be sure to visit Robert’s House of Hose for news on rups.

And now…here’s …

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Stirrup HeaderComrade Marshall’s Rupdate:

Comrades~

For Memorial Day weekend I decided to put the 76 Astros on special at the new price. Why? in honour of the rainbow of people that have given their life in service to this country, it seemed to make sense to me. In addition, the Sens stay on special. More importantly, I know what I am doing Monday before I grill, and I wish anyone else who has such a tradition all the best because I know how cathartic that experience is.

It’s only Saturday, so let me lighten up and get to the images. Um, clearly it is Veterinarian, that was pretty fabulous, and i loved the protecting the innocent text, fabulous. let’s just hope he can get us another pixture of an animal of a baseball fan who wants a classic stirrup look for this post. So, (name) wins this week’s buy one/get one that he can redeem whenever he wants. but there are other people who continue to blow me away like Soukie, and again this weeks kickball image is fabulous, and he is wearing a run of stripes that I asked the stripes to be low like the olde school pairs were, which I love on this past run of hawks. anyway, the point is Soukie has earned a the right to get anything and everything he wants for as long as I do this at the “new price”, Soukie you blow me away. Also, Jeff Martin — that. is. balls. or you have balls. — mucho props.

from each according their strype,
to each according their stirrvp.

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• At least it isn’t camo… So, it seems the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes are doing the Military Appreciation Thingy today (tonight). And they’ll be going, well, ‘patriotic':

Rancho Cucamunga Quakes - Military Appreciation
(h/t Hugh McBride)

• New unis for Penn State?… It’s entirely possible, as there have been a couple stories on the Interwebs reporting this. Nothing major, mind you. According to that article, “At the ‘v’ of the neck you’ll see a new addition, a small Nittany Lion logo.” Wow. JoePa is probably rolling over in his grave.

• New for the Cosmos… Looks like the New York Cosmos (that’s an American soccer club) are getting some pretty nice kits. Not quite what Pele wore way back when, but still nice. (h/t Chance Michaels)

• Unis by Focus Group?… Why not. This is a pretty interesting read. Scroll down to the second section, entitled, “Joe Banner is gonna fix our logo and uniforms with focus groups.”

• The Stars come out in Texas… We know the Dallas Stars are getting new unis on June 4. We just don’t know what they’re getting (although the logo was inadvertently leaked late Thursday). But Tim Cowlishaw, in this interview, said what he’d like to see in the new unis: ” I hope to see some shade of green. I was talking to someone yesterday (not a Stars official, just a fan) who thinks it’s going to be red, white and blue. The Stars have been green since North Stars days. I don’t think they currently have anything approaching the best uniforms in the league so anything is going to be OK really.”

• Not uni related… but a great read: Paul & Kirsten’s NY Times article on the ‘Candela’ structures. That’ll be in Sunday’s paper.

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And that will do it for this fine Saturday. Make sure you give props to the Inkracer for his great writeup as we begin the Memorial Day weekend. Race day is tomorrow. Puck & Hoop playoffs are moving along. Summer is just around the corner.

Follow me on Twitter @PhilHecken

Peace.

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Jake Graham - Vet Rups
One For The Road

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“For some reason, I had an Expos cap when I was like 6 or 7 years old and when my dad explained to me that it was a ‘stylized M’ I was certain that he was just stupid and that elb was the Canadian spelling of Expos or something.”
–James T. Huening

 

53 comments to A Brief History of The Brickyard, and the Greatest Spectacle in Racing

  • Bernard | May 25, 2013 at 8:02 am |

    Jake Graham, you rock. Hope to see more.

    • StLMarty | May 25, 2013 at 8:50 am |

      Jake Graham,
      You have earned mega respect from this owner of two dogs and three kitties. Being a vet is one thing. Striped casts is another. You really got me, however, with the “protecting of the innocent”. It’s very reminiscent of the orange cat on Trailer Park Boys. They always blur out its face.

    • JTH | May 25, 2013 at 9:14 am |

      Yes. Jake Graham, you have kicked off this weekend the right way for me.

      The last thing I expected to say to myself this morning when I clicked on the UW bookmark was “Holy Shit! That’s adorable.”

      But holy shit! That’s adorable.

      Also, I rarely call my wife over to show her something I see here, but I did just that today. Her question: “what team is that?”

      Good girl.

    • Jake G. | May 26, 2013 at 9:29 am |

      Thanks guys! I’ll be sure to send more pics in the future. As far as “what team” this was, I’m embarrassed to admit that I made a huge mistake on that one. I modeled these after the new Bills socks. I realized afterwards that I reversed the red and blue. It still irritates me to look at the pic and know I did it wrong, but hey it was an attempt from memory as I had no picture in front of me. I actually wanted to remove the splint and redo it, but the patient was starting to wake up. Surely not my best effort, but I should have more in the near future. The bigger splints look much better as it is much easier to simulate a full stirrup look.

  • Adam R. W. | May 25, 2013 at 8:37 am |

    Great write up.

    There is nothing in the world quite like the Indy 500. There are so many traditions, from Jim Nabors singing “Back home again, in Indiana” to the balloons, to the milk, to the kissing of the bricks, the thing is just amazing. And the speedway itself is incredible. You can feel the history just walking around the grounds. And the museum is DEFINITELY worth checking out if you’re in Indianapolis. You can even see the car that started it all, the Marmon Wasp.

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    You can bet I’ll be watching Sunday, because you can never tell when an iconic Indy moment happens. I remember where I was listening on the radio in the car when Hornish passed Marco on the front stretch, being in utter disbelief when Hildebrand hit the wall off turn 4 in 2011, and who knows what will happen this year. But one thing is for sure… Someone will be immortalized on Sunday after 200 laps at the most famous track in racing.

    • DJ | May 25, 2013 at 11:28 am |

      Another thing you can’t fully appreciate unless you’re there is the sheer size of the place. I’ve only been there once: not for the Race, but for the Opening Ceremonies of the 1987 Pan American Games. The teams entered through Gasoline Alley, and assembled on the main straight. Imagine standing in the stands in the middle of the main straight, looking to your left and right … and just barely seeing the beginning of the turns!

      • Adam R. W. | May 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm |

        Here’s a graphic I love… It shows what famous sites could all fit inside the Speedway’s infield.

        http://www.indianapo...

    • Lou | May 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm |

      Great Indy 500 write up. I am a huge sports fan, and I consider baseball to be my favorite sport, but the Indy 500 is my favorite event. The site of those 33 cars circling 3 wide at the start of the race is always something special. I can’t wait for the big rave tomorrow!

    • ChrisH | May 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm |

      Went to visit my sister in Bloomington in late ’81 and took the tour of the track (which included a lap in a little school bus) and I was hooked.
      The first 500 I watched was the following year (2 words: Kevin Cogan!) and haven’t missed one since.
      It’s too bad no one is doing the 2-fer.
      I’ll be rooting for ‘Dinger.

  • Gary | May 25, 2013 at 8:44 am |

    I want to counter the assertion that MLB, through the uniform decorations, is not honoring the intent of Memorial Day. Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, traditions began with “decorating” the resting places of fallen soldiers with flowers, flags, and other national symbols.

    What MLB does on Memorial Day is not a departure from these traditions. Suggestions that MLB is some how recognizing today’s active military has no basis.

    • Wheels | May 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm |

      Don’t you think perhaps a simple black armband would be a more tasteful and dignified way to mark a day that honors war dead? Also, if you could ask some of the dead soldiers their feelings about the wars that killed them, I’m sure some would have some strong and maybe not so supportive thoughts about the military and the causes they fought for.

      • ChrisH | May 25, 2013 at 8:36 pm |

        To borrow from John F. Di Leo:
        There have been soldiers lost in testing and training accidents too. They may not have died in battle but those who pushed the limits of equipment have helped make that equipment better for those who later used them successfully to win, sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice in so doing. These are heroes too.
        On Memorial Day, we celebrate them all.

    • Arr Scott | May 25, 2013 at 6:46 pm |

      OK, I’ll play. Name one other circumstance in America this weekend when adult civilians dressing up in soldier clothes or camouflage and prancing around on grass playing a game would be considered a dignified observance of Memorial Day – or even Decoration Day. Just one instance.

      (Crickets.)

      Also, pay attention to the words you use. MLB is using camo. Is there camo on the flag? No. Is there any flower that is desert or woodland camo in pattern? No. So for your argument to be valid on its own terms, then camo must be considered a “national symbol.” But of the 190 or so nations in the world, the number that do not dress their soldiery in camo is approximately 2. (Vatican City and Costa Rica, to the best of my knowledge.) Something that is common to literally 99% of the nations on earth cannot, by definition, be a “national symbol” of just one of them.

      See, this isn’t that hard to understand, is it? There are many, many dignified, respectful ways to mark Memorial Day. Wearing camo isn’t one of them.

      Or to put it another way, go to a gathering of the Rolling Thunder bikers in DC tomorrow wearing a camo outfit and carrying a sign saying “I Never Served,” and see how long you last.

      • Arr Scott | May 25, 2013 at 6:51 pm |

        But I’ll admit, in the hopes that Paul never reads this and judges me, that I purchased a Nats version of the 2013 Memorial Day caps. At a steep discount. I intend to wear it only when fly fishing.

      • Gary | May 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm |

        So I think you missed my point, which is MLB’s choice of uniform “decoration” is not connected with the active military service.

        You can argue their choice of camo was poor or even there should be no uniform additions for Memorial Day. However it’s incorrect to say MLB is disregarding the real intent of Memorial Day observance.

  • JTH | May 25, 2013 at 9:07 am |

    Anyone catch the most recent episode of MythBusters?

    I was pretty disappointed that almost the entire episode was shot at the Speedway but they didn’t really talk much about it or show any of its features, aside from showing the original bricks at the start/finish line.

    Fun fact: the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is not actually located in Indianapolis. It’s in the town of Speedway.

    But you could say that the Brickyard is IN Indy because the town is an enclave that’s completely surrounded by the city of Indianapolis.

    • inkracer | May 25, 2013 at 9:32 am |

      I made sure I caught it. I was “lucky” enough to be sick, and didn’t need to DVR it. I remember when the pics were hitting Twitter than they were filming. It is the last thing that Briscoe did as a Penske driver.

      • inkracer | May 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm |

        I do wish they tested the myth about the downforce generated by the cars.

  • Dumb Guy at home | May 25, 2013 at 9:24 am |

    Poor doggie.

  • LI Matt | May 25, 2013 at 10:03 am |

    My main problem with the Cosmos unis is I don’t like the all-white and all-green looks. They need to switch the shorts around, and go white/green and green/white. And maybe throw in some green socks.

    • DJ | May 25, 2013 at 11:24 am |

      But during the original Cosmos’ glory days, their home kit was all white.

      White shorts with the green shirt, yes. Green socks with that as well.

  • Ryan | May 25, 2013 at 10:07 am |

    Google Maps has Street View shots for pretty much every nook and cranny (of asphalt) at the IMS!

  • DJ | May 25, 2013 at 10:17 am |

    I look at that Bengals logo concept, and it screams Nashville Predators.

    Minimizing white is not a bad idea. Swapping out white for a prominent silver/gray, which doesn’t even appear in a tiger’s coat? No.

  • Matt | May 25, 2013 at 10:18 am |

    I’ve been an indycar fan since I was 6. My first clear race memory was Mears’ first win in 1979. I made my first trip to the 500 last year, and it was all I could have hoped for. I would add a few things here:
    -One of the most exotic cars to race at Indy was also the most dangerous, wrecking after not even finishing one lap and killing two drivers, including the most popular driver of is day, Eddie Sachs. It was also directly responsible for gasoline leaving and methanol fueling these cars.
    -You couldn’t watch the race live on TV for years.’86 or ’87 was the first live race coverage.
    -the cold weather in the northeast remind me of another hilarious incident from the 1992 race – the polesitter forgetting to warm his tires on a miserably cold morning in Indianapolis and wrecking on the parade lap.

    • RavensFanInIndy | May 25, 2013 at 10:58 am |

      Sadly, those of us here in Indy that choose not to be with our 250,000 closest friends, STILL can’t watch the race live. Someone actually believes that broadcasting it live would hurt attendance, so it looks like yet another year that I won’t see the winner cross the finish line live!

      • Adam R. W. | May 25, 2013 at 2:25 pm |

        For the record… when the race is sold out they don’t black it out in Indy.

        • RavensFanInIndy | May 25, 2013 at 9:45 pm |

          Extremely difficult to sell-out a venue that has no “official” capacity. They only estimate the attendance, no actual count is taken. In fact, the only reason they know the approximate capacity of IMS is that back in 1994, the Indianapolis Star teamed up with Purdue University (I think, although it may have been Indiana University/Purdue University of Indianapolis) and they took photos of the seating areas, and then counted the seats. They then estimated the infield area, and came up with 250,000+.
          Now here is the kicker, I’ve talked to HARDCORE race fans, guys who have been every single year for the past 30-40 years, and they have never heard, seen, or been a part of, a race that ever had the gates close because the place was full. I did research on this after I first moved to Indy 7 years ago and found out that I couldn’t watch it live.

    • Terry Proctor | May 25, 2013 at 11:18 am |

      When the late Jim Clark drove his FORD-powered Lotus to a two-lap victory he had some help from NASCAR’s Wood Brothers (Glenn, Leonard, Delano, Clay and Ray Lee), the fathers of the modern pit stop.

      Ford Racing asked the Woods if they would crew for Clark at the 1965 Indy and they agreed. Thanks to a new fuel-delivery system devised by the legendary Leonard Wood it was possible to refuel Clark’s car in under twenty seconds while the norm at the time was around a minute.

      With only two pit stops needed Clark cruised home with the first victory in a rear-engine car and the Wood Brothers completely rewrote the way Indy cars would be serviced forever. Not a bad achievement for some good ol’ mountain boys from Stuart, Va.

      • LI Matt | May 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm |

        When Clark and Lotus first showed up at Indy in 1963, they were clearly the fastest car. But F1 didn’t have in-race refeuling at the time, so the British pit crew were terrible under pressure, and they didn’t win. Enter the Wood brothers.

      • ChrisH | May 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm |

        Did not the Wood’s bring the concept of ‘staggered’ tire placement to NASCAR as a result of their Indy experience?

  • Danya | May 25, 2013 at 11:08 am |

    What is the point of reporting on Cowlishaw’s comments, which obviously were made without seeing the leaked logo? Obviously they are sticking with green (thankfully). Would they really have a green/silver/white logo but red/white/blue uniforms?

    • Phil Hecken | May 25, 2013 at 11:22 am |

      Cowlishaw didn’t actually say “red white & blue” but a fan did. He probably knows exactly (or pretty close) to what they’ll look like.

    • The Jeff | May 25, 2013 at 11:23 am |

      Would they really have a green/silver/white logo but red/white/blue uniforms?

      Probably not, but we are talking about hockey. It’s not unheard of: http://cdn.nhl.com/p...

      • JTH | May 25, 2013 at 11:42 am |
  • Anthony Nuccio | May 25, 2013 at 11:51 am |

    I love the Blues and Rutgers concepts.

    • DJ | May 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm |

      The Rutgers concepts are excellent. The Blues ones are not bad, but I think there’s too much white in the home uniforms. The shoulder epaulets would be better if they were mostly gold, like in the 60s and 70s

  • Geen! | May 25, 2013 at 11:53 am |

    A couple of new wrinkles for teams making the NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse tournament.

    North Carolina wore blue tops last night, but gray kilts.

    Syracuse wore racer-back tops with the “S” logo at the waist, and a sweatback pattern which is supposed to resemble an Onondaga wampum belt, according to Joe Beninati of ESPNU.

    Picture of the SU uniform (which will also give you a look at Maryland’s flag-desecration uniform:

    http://photos.syracu...

  • Odessasteps | May 25, 2013 at 11:56 am |

    New crest for Everton

    http://www.evertonfc...

    • superfly | May 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm |

      Ugh, looks like it was done by the same people who updated the Arsenal crest, and listening to them talk about it in the video only makes it worse. Basically, they are saying, “we needed to make sure that it was easier to crank out cheap merchandise”

      • DJ | May 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm |

        It at least more closely resembles the Everton Tower, as shown in the photos that appear at the Everton website.

    • Odessasteps | May 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm |

      Now i understand why they were having sales every day in the everton club shop.

  • Robert | May 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm |

    There was an interview with the Stars’ owner earlier this year where he said they were going to change color schemes to red and blue, but their focus groups found fans really liked the green so they were sticking with that. If the logo leak was legit, it appears the green will be lighter than now.

    All that’s too bad though, because we all know there’s just not enough teams sporting blue.

  • odessasteps | May 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm |

    from an ap writer at the champions league final:

    @RobHarris

    Wembley staff been told to remove “Wembley” logo from water bottles. UEFA doesn’t like rival brands at stadium – but Wembley not drinks firm

  • David Firestone | May 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm |

    The Indy 500 and Coca Cola 600 mark an interesting and important milestone in auto racing, as well as uniforms. The fact that on May 22, Glenn “Fireball” Roberts was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame is very significant here, because of the fact that it is 2 days shy of the 1964 crash that led to his death. The wreck at the Coca Cola 600, then called the World 600 gave him a 80% body burn. Roberts was not wearing fire retardant coveralls due to the fact that they were causing his allergies. 6 days later at the Indy 500, Eddie Sachs and Dave MacDonald were killed by fire in another tragic wreck. These two incidents led to the development of the Nomex driver suit, which is still in use today, and is very effective at saving lives.

  • DenverGregg | May 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm |

    Last night Josh Outman didn’t wear stirrups. Just long black socks.

    • denvergregg | May 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm |

      Same today. Both days in purple jrrseys

  • DJ | May 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm |

    Looks like Bayern Munich is wearing next season’s kit — swapping out the metallic gold trim for white.

  • J.R. Clark | May 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm |

    I did not think it was possible to render a worse version of the Bengals uniform than the current one, but wow, that is awful.

  • Truenorth | May 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm |

    Rob Caplette is a knowledgeable writer and a serious Indy
    car fan. It would be a good idea to pay him very well for his excellent services.

  • HPNJRUfan | May 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm |

    Not a fan of the Rutgers concepts. I mean, they are nice, but they are anything but “conceptual”. It is basically just a return to our old uniforms, especially the football concept. By his last comment regarding our chrome helmets (which are liked by most), I can tell the creator is one of our butt-hurt “get off my lawn” fans who just needs something, anything, to complain about.

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  • Blaine | May 27, 2013 at 11:53 am |

    Ralph DePalma didn’t “push his car to victory” in 1912. He dominated the race for the first 196 laps before his Mercedes broke down. He and his riding mechanic, Rupert Jeffkins, pushed the car because in those days, drivers didn’t collect any prize money unless they completed all 500 miles. Joe Dawson roared by and became the first native Hoosier to win the 500.

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