The 1955 Indy 500

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: