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On May 30, 1911, the Indianapolis 500 car race was first held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The “Indy 500” is nicknamed the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” and remains one of the most important motorsports competitions in the world.
 
The Indy 500 was originally a showcase for carmakers. Today, so-called “Indy Cars” are very different from cars available for purchase! Indy Cars are single-seat, open-wheel cars. “Open-wheel” means the wheels are situated outside the cars’ main body, parallel to the low-lying car itself. Indy Cars also have open cockpits—the drivers’ head and shoulders are outside the torpedo-shaped car.
 
Indy Cars are some of the fastest automobiles in the world. Ray Harroun won the first Indy 500 with an average speed of 120 kilometers per hour (75 miles per hour). In 2013, Brazilian driver Tony Kanaan averaged a speed of 302 kilometers per hour (187 miles per hour).
announce
Verb

to proclaim or make known publicly.

automobile
Noun

self-propelled vehicle that can be controlled by a driver.

cockpit
Noun

space in the front of an airplane or other high-tech vehicle, containing the flight controls, instrument panel, and seats for the pilot and copilot.

compete
Verb

to work against someone or something else for an award or acknowledgment.

Indy Car
Noun

type of high-tech, single-seat, open-wheel racing car used in the Indianapolis 500 and other American Championship racing events.

motorsports
Plural Noun

competitions and races featuring motorized vehicles, such as cars, motorcycles, and boats.

open-wheel car
Noun

type of racing car with the wheels situated outside the main body of the car.

parallel
Adjective

equal distance apart, and never meeting.

purchase
Verb

to buy.

situate
Verb

to place or arrange.

spectacle
Noun

impressive or extravagant display.

torpedo
Noun

elongated, cigar-shaped projectile, often filled with an explosive material.

tradition
Noun

beliefs, customs, and cultural characteristics handed down from one generation to the next.

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