1947 | Stuck by a Rose
• Rookie Bill Holland, who had led 143 laps, thought he was a lap ahead of teammate Mauri Rose and slowed when owner Lou Moore signaled for both drivers to ease off. When Rose passed Holland on the backstretch with seven to go, Holland waved, thinking Rose was still two miles behind. Rose (left) took the win. "The lousiest deal I ever got," Holland called it.
1909 | Up, Up and Away
• On June 5, two years before the first Indy 500, six hot-air balloons lifted off from the infield for the U.S. National Balloon Championships, one carrying track founder Carl Fisher. Two days later his balloon landed 230 miles away, near Ashland City, Tenn., but the winning airship landed 382 miles from Indy, in Fort Payne, Ala. "We are safe thanks to the poor marksmanship of a number of farmers," Fisher told a reporter. "It has been a regular fusillade down here."