Saturday, July 9, 2016

500 Facts About the Indy 500-- Part 18: Things Are the Same Today As in 1909

60.  THE BANKING IN THE TURNS HAS NEVER CHANGED.

Nine degrees, 12 minutes-- from opening day 'til today.

61.  BUT THE BANK HAD AN EXTRA 'LIP' THAT WAS REMOVED IN '35.

The lip gave cars an even steeper angle at the outer edge to help diminish the effects of centrifugal force.

62.  ALL THE SPEEDWAY'S OTHER DIMENSIONS ARE JUST LIKE THEY WERE IN 1909.

The front and back straightaways are 5/8th of a mile each, with "short chute" straightaways between turns 1 and 2 (where we sit) and Turns 3 and 4 at 1/8 mile each.  Each of the four turns is 1/4 mile long.

--RoadDog


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