Highlights from the forty-fifth running of the Indianapolis five hundred

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 6:20 PM

J. FoytAVERAGE SPEED: 139.130 mphWHAT HAPPENED: Foyt, one of the greatest drivers in history, breaks through and wins the first of his four Indianapolis five hundred.

Highlights from the forty-fifth running of the Indianapolis five hundred

RACE: forty-fifth Indianapolis five hundred

DATE: May thirty, one thousand nine hundred sixty-one

WINNER: A. J. Foyt

AVERAGE SPEED: 139.130 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Foyt, one of the greatest drivers in history, breaks through and wins the first of his four Indianapolis five hundred. He took the lead with four laps left and nipped Eddie Sachs by just 8.28 seconds. Foyt won the latest race with exposed brick as the all Indianapolis Motor Speedway surface was paved in asphalt, with just a single yard of bricks at the start/finish line left exposed — the same as it is today.

NOTABLE: Tony Bettenhausen Sr. was killed in a crash during practice in early May. Also, track worker John Masariu of the fire/safety crew was killed following a wreck on the track.

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