CONSECUTIVE years that semiretired auto rebuilder Larry Bisceglia was the first spectator in line at the Indy 500. From 1950 to '87 the Chicagoan parked his racing-decal-covered van in front of the speedway's gate, sometimes 60 days in advance of the race.
NON-AMERICAN driver to appear in the Great American Race during the '50s. Two-time Formula One champ Alberto Ascari from Italy completed just 40 laps before a wheel of his Ferrari collapsed and he spun out, finishing 31st in '52. The next international competitor to qualify would be Australia's Jack Brabham in '61.
DEGREES on the oval during the 1953 race, the hottest recorded temperature in Indy 500 history. According to track records 14 relief drivers were called in for 10 cars.
CAREER laps driven by A.J. Foyt in the Indy 500, starting with his 16th-place finish in '58 and continuing for a record 35 straight races to a ninth-place result in '92. The four-time champion drove more than 12,272 career miles and earned more than $2.6 million in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
ACADEMY AWARD--winning actresses who served as Indy Queen during the '50s. Of Barbara Stanwyck ('50), Loretta Young ('51) and Shirley MacLaine ('58), only Young had received her Oscar before appearing at the speedway and kissing the winner in Victory Circle.