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MEMORIAL DAY RACE: VITAL STATISTICS
John Bentley
May 30, 1955
EVENT—39th Indianapolis '500' big-car racePLACE—Indianapolis Motor Speedway, four miles NW downtown Indianapolis DATE—Monday, May 30TIME—11 a.m., Central Daylight Time. Infield gates open 5 a.m.DISTANCE—500 miles (200 times around 2�-mile asphalt and brick course)STARTERS—33 cars, picked from 57 entriesRACE VALUE—Based on receipts, should exceed $250,000. Minimums: Speedway—$75,000 (first place $20,000); automotive firms—$40,000; lap prizes ($150 each lap)—$30,000TICKETS—$3 (infield parking) to $30 (grandstand penthouse)RECORDS—Fastest: Vukovich (1954), 130.84 mph; richest: total (1954) $269,375, winner's share (Vukovich, 1953) $89,496; winningest: Meyer, Shaw, Rose (three each)ATTENDANCE—160,000ACCOMMODATIONS—For latecomers (hotels and motels are jammed) Visitors Bureau, mezzanine, Claypool Hotel, has 3,500 private rooms listed, starts service at 8 a.m. Sunday
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May 30, 1955

Memorial Day Race: Vital Statistics

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EVENT—39th Indianapolis '500' big-car race
PLACE—Indianapolis Motor Speedway, four miles NW downtown Indianapolis
DATE—Monday, May 30
TIME—11 a.m., Central Daylight Time. Infield gates open 5 a.m.
DISTANCE—500 miles (200 times around 2�-mile asphalt and brick course)
STARTERS—33 cars, picked from 57 entries
RACE VALUE—Based on receipts, should exceed $250,000. Minimums: Speedway—$75,000 (first place $20,000); automotive firms—$40,000; lap prizes ($150 each lap)—$30,000
TICKETS—$3 (infield parking) to $30 (grandstand penthouse)
RECORDS—Fastest: Vukovich (1954), 130.84 mph; richest: total (1954) $269,375, winner's share (Vukovich, 1953) $89,496; winningest: Meyer, Shaw, Rose (three each)
ATTENDANCE—160,000
ACCOMMODATIONS—For latecomers (hotels and motels are jammed) Visitors Bureau, mezzanine, Claypool Hotel, has 3,500 private rooms listed, starts service at 8 a.m. Sunday

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