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Why do 33 cars start the Indy 500?

Article To news overview © Indianapolis Motor Speedway On Sunday May 30, 33 drivers will look to cement their name in history at the 105th running of the Indy 500. The starting grid will feature 11 rows of three drivers each, but why do 33 cars start the Indy 500? For that answer, we have to go all the way back to very first event back in 1911. Speedway leader Carl Fisher was looking to do away with the multi-race programs and concentrate on one major race. Fisher and his partners figured that an event running for seven hours between mid-morning and late afternoon would appeal to the public. There were 40 cars that started the inaugural 500 Mile Race, but that was quickly changed. The...
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