Here's the problem with any undertaking that purports to include as much material as we've tried to wedge into these pages: something will always be missing.
Your favorite factoid or bit o' trivia may have been passed by as we assembled this behemoth of a list. When you think about it, we could have built 500 Facts around just one race if we'd wanted to, but we tried to give an overview of the size and scope of the Indy 500 — and the drama and the danger, too.
This story, told the way we chose to tell it, would not have been possible without Nora Spitznogle's charming 100-day countdown to the 100th 500 on nuvo.net or the reporting provided over the years by Lori Lovely. Interviews with folks from Jim Nabors to A.J. Foyt, culled from our personal archives of material broadcast on WIBC several years ago, also provided some first-person accounts of what happened at Indy.
Lastly, a huge thank-you must be extended to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and historian Donald Davidson. From providing info, tidbits and fact-checks, the track and Mr. Davidson really helped make this thing as robust as we could make it for a landmark event as big as the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Ladies and gentlemen — start your engines.PART 1: Facts and stats
PART 3: Other traditions and treats
Cold milk and other eats and drinks
Before the green flag flies: Traditions and tickets
The race today