While it’s painfully easy to pile onto the Indianapolis 500 in its current form thanks to things like shrinking entry lists, spec tires, a spec chassis, two engine suppliers and increasing apathy from the public at-large, it’s still an incredible event. There’s likely not a single race on earth that can lay claim to as much history, pageantry and – many still maintain – prestige as this Memorial Day Weekend motorsports classic. The 500, together with Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix and NASCAR’s Coca Cola (nee World) 600, comprises the racing fan’s highest of high holy days.
And the cathedral of speed that is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has witnessed some truly thrilling finishes over the past 102 years. Naturally, some of these have been more thrilling than the rest, with the truly awe-inspiring ones being talked about with off-the-charts reverence by die-hard fans. Here, then, presented in chronological order in honor of Sunday’s 97th Indianapolis 500, are the 10 conclusions to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing that will live forever in motorsports lore.