The winners of the world championship races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
1950 Johnnie Parsons
Parsons was leading as the race was halted on lap 138 due to rain. Back in 20th, the amusingly named Spider Webb completed 126 laps.
1951 Lee Wallard
Wallard shed 15lb to become the first to complete 200 laps in under four hours. He led 159 of them in a car Tony Bettenhausen turned down.
1952 Troy Ruttman
Fred Agabashian was on pole, but Bill Vukovich dominated until his steering failed with nine laps to go. Ruttman, 22, remains the youngest winner.
1953 Bill Vukovich
‘Vuky’ got his revenge by starting from pole and leading all but five laps of a murderously hot race that claimed the life of Carl Scarborough.
1954 Bill Vukovich
He worked harder for this win, having qualified 19th. Humid conditions took a toll and it required five drivers to bring home the 11th-placed car.
1955 Bob Sweikert
Vukovich was going for win three in a row, but crashed fatally after tangling with backmarkers. Winner Sweikert’s crew chief was AJ Watson.
1956 Pat Flaherty
AJ Watson scored his first win as a constructor of roadsters thanks to a virtuoso win by ‘Buffer Red’, who qualified on pole and led from lap 76.
1957 Sam Hanks
In the smallest car in the field, Hanks won on his 13th attempt and announced his retirement after pocketing the first $100k prize pot.
1958 Jimmy Bryan
Five-time champion Fangio lapped at 142mph in practice but didn’t start. The race was marred by a first-lap crash that eliminated eight cars.
1959 Rodger Ward
Ward led for 130 laps after fending off early challenges from pole man Johnny Thompson, Pat Flaherty and Jim Rathmann.
1960 Jim Rathmann
The best roadster 500 involved 29 changes of lap-leader. Three-time runner-up Rathmann, in an AJ Watson car, won from Rodger Ward.