March 01, 2016

RACE: 15th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 1927

WINNER: George Souders, William S. White

AVERAGE SPEED: 97.545 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Souders became the first driver to complete the entire 500 miles, getting no help from a riding mechanic or relief driver. The rookie did so in dominant fashion, opening an eight-lap lead over runner-up Earl Devore by the time he crossed the finish line.

NOTABLE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway's first era came to an end when Carl Fisher and James Allison, two of the four original founders, sold their stake to Eddie Rickenbacker. The former driver and World War I flying ace would continue to operate the speedway until 1945, when Rickenbacker sold it to businessman Tony Hulman.

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