My Standard Indy 500 Disclaimer.
Since 1950 (through the current point of project GP Evolved in 1955), the Indianapolis 500 has been included in the Formula 1 Championship. However, the Indy 500, in those days, was governed by AAA. The organization is now better known as the folks who help us change tires in the rain; they have long since abandoned their role as a governing body of American motorsport. The rest of the Formula 1 Championship races, in 1955 through present day, have been governed by the FIA. The two organizations could never agree on a uniform set of rules. Thus, to my dismay, the Indy 500 never became an integral part of the Formula 1 championship. With little fanfare, it will eventually be dropped from the Formula 1 Championship. However, in 1955, it was still part of the championship. Accordingly, I include it here for the sake of completeness.
A Few Notes on the Indianapolis 500.
I do not have much to say on the race itself. However, I found nearly a half-hour of footage of the race. I checked it out and wanted to make a few comments on why I found it insightful.
- First, similar levels of technology were used in the cars. Thus, the footage illustrates the types and sorts of preparation that were already going into these cars.
- Second, it provides a candid view, through interviews, of the types of things on a driver’s mind at that time.
- Third, and most importantly, there was a fatality in the race. It is mentioned; however, moral outrage is not evident from the announcer’s commentary. Moreover, there does not even seem to have been a red flag to stop the race. Rather, I believe the race continued under yellow. As someone who has only been a fan of motorsport since the early 2000’s, I find this fact difficult to swallow. Death will continue to be a shadow over the Formula 1 Championship for the next several decades. In any event, I’d like to get some input as to your feelings, as a reader, about death in motorsport. So, feel free to scroll down and comment your thoughts on whether a race should go on, once a driver (or spectator) fatality has occurred.
And, without further adieu, here is the lengthy–but interesting–footage: