Perhaps what truly makes the Indianapolis 500 “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is tradition.
Indeed, few things change about the most significant annual event in motorsports. Whenever you enter the storied 2 1/2-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, you often feel as if you have never left.
As firmly steeped in tradition as the 500 is — the festivities during the Month of May, the singing of “Back Home Again in Indiana” before the race, the drinking of ice-cold milk in Victory Lane — one of those very traditions is evolution.
We’ll get just that in this, the 96th running of the race, which begins at noon Sunday. New cars, new stars, new hope — a new era.
Those who study the fascinating history of the Indianapolis 500 find it easy to see that evolution and progress has been as definitive of the race as listening to Tom Carnegie call time trials, attending Carb Day and having a bit too much fun in the Snake Pit.
We’ve seen the track paved completely with bricks, earning its iconic nic...