How the Indy 500 recovered from civil war to celebrate its 100th running

The famous old race has made it to 100, and 350,000 fans will be in attendance this weekend. Two decades ago, that was not such a sure thing

Of the estimated 350,000-plus who plan to flock to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, no one will have a better vantage point for the green flag of the 200-lap race than James Hinchcliffe, a 29-year-old Canadian.

A year after he was nearly killed in an accident during a practice session at the Brickyard, Hinchcliffe earned pole position last weekend for the race, and he will lead the 33-car field down the main straightaway at about 220mph into the first turn of the race.

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