Ray Harroun won first IMS 500 mile race in Marmon Wasp

FILE - This May 30, 1911, file photo shows Ray Harroun driving his No. 32 Marmon Wasp race car to victory in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/File)

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) – The first 500 mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway lasted six hours and 42 minutes and was in 1911.

Ray Harroun was the winner in his Marmon Wasp. The car was nicknamed the yellow jacket and it averaged 74.602 mph.

Harroun’s prize money amounted to about $14,000. It was the Speedway’s first 500 mile race, but Harroun’s last. He retired from racing saying he would never race again, even for twice the money.

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