ACRES of Indiana farmland purchased in 1908 for $72,000 by a consortium led by Carl Fisher for the site of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 2.5-mile rectangular oval—the first of its kind in the world—was originally used as a testing ground for automakers.
PAVING bricks used to resurface the track in 1909, thus creating the nickname the Brickyard.
FEE per car for those who registered for the first 500-Mile International Sweepstakes before March 1, 1911. Teams who signed up between March 1 and the May 1 deadline paid $750.
PEUGEOTS that won the Indy 500 in the first seven races. No Peugeots have won since then.
EXTRA laps driven by Ralph Mulford, after believing he finished first in the inaugural race, to ensure that he completed the 500 miles—standard practice in the days of imprecise lap-tracking. Meanwhile Ray Harroun took the checkered flag and went directly to the winner's circle. Thirty-six hours later an official review confirmed Harroun as champion.
LAPS led in the '12 race by Ralph DePalma before his Mercedes broke a connecting rod, cutting his engine and ending his race two laps from the checkered flag.
LAPS behind, Joe Dawson's second-place position at the time of DePalma's misfortune. Dawson made up the difference, finally taking the lead in the last two laps, the only ones he would lead in three Indy 500 career starts.
OF A PINT, volume of the champagne bottles drunk during the '13 race by winner Jules Goux of France. It's believed that Goux and his riding mechanic, Emile Begin, sipped chilled bubbly during many of their pit stops, although much of it may have served merely as mouthwash.
MPH, average speed for '19 champ Howdy Wilcox, who became the first man to average more than 100 miles per hour at the speedway.