Special Feature Indy Racing Museum, Day 2
Zora Arkus-Duntov took Chevrolet to new levels and designed this 1957 SS Corvette, an experimental car with a magnesium body. The 283 cubic engine featured a new fuel injection system, and the car set a new lap record in Sebring in that year.
Danica Patrick drove this Honda in the Indianapolis 500 and during the race, led 19 laps, a female record, then was looking to win when fuel issues made her back out of the throttle, finishing fourth place, another record.
This 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix was designed and driven by Richard Petty, who leads NASCAR with 200 career victories. He drove this car at Bristol on his Fan Appreciation Tour.
A most unusual car, a 2011 Indy Fountain. It runs on water and finished 4th in the Indianapolis Fountain Special Feature during the week of the Indianapolis 500. Okay, maybe not.
The first winner of the Indianapolis 500, this six cylinder Marmon Wasp features another first. After qualifying, the other drivers complained that without a riding mechanic, the car was unsafe. The driver then installed a mirror to see approaching cars, and the first automotive rearview mirror was invented.
This 2011 winner, piloted by Dan Weldon would have finished second but for a last lap, last turn crash. In a sad turn of events, Dan lost his life later that year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
We'll see you tomorrow for both a bike and car that were movie stars. Hint: the bike is 25 inches high and sixteen feet long. Also, has a diesel ever qualified and run the 500? And how about a trike that ran over 500 miles per hour? Stay tuned.