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The Race of All Races
By Tammy Scarbrough

1     In one city in Indiana, the whole town is busy in April. The townspeople hang signs in their windows. The city puts up large banners across the main streets. The excitement seems to grow as May gets closer and closer. The race is coming to town. No, not just any race. The Indianapolis 500!
2     The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been home to many dreams coming true by talented, hard-working racers over the past century. The most famous race in the world is the Indianapolis 500, which is raced for 500 miles around an oval track. The first Indy 500 was held on May 30, 1911. Ray Harroun beat 39 other drivers to win that first race. Remember that cars did not go as fast then as they do now. He averaged only 74.602 miles per hour.
3     The only times an Indy 500 race was not held was in 1917 and 1918 because of World War I, and from 1942 through 1945 because of World War II. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, many people did not have much money to feed their families. They surely did not have enough money to buy tickets to watch a race. The races continued, but it looked as if they wouldn't last much longer.

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