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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.

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