Greatest Indy 500 Moments

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Jim Rathmann, Rodger Ward's back-and-forth battle (1960)

In one of the most dramatic battles in the history of this race, defending Indy 500 champ Rodger Ward and Jim Rathmann drove nose-to-tail, wheel-to-wheel as they swapped leads more times than in any other Indy 500 up to that point. There were 14 lead changes between the two during the second half of the race. Ward led laps 194-196 and was only four laps from victory before he dropped back after the cord began to show on his tires. Rathmann took the lead on lap 197 and took the checkered flag for his only Indy 500 win.


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