Highlights from the 41st running of the Indianapolis 500
RACE: 41st Indianapolis 500
DATE: May 30, 1957
WINNER: Sam Hanks
AVERAGE SPEED: 135.601 mph
WHAT HAPPENED: Hanks won the Indy 500, then promptly retired in victory lane. Hanks is considered the only Indianapolis 500 driver who competed in the race before World War II, served in combat, then raced again in Indy after the war. He drove the pace car at Indy from 1958 to 1963.
NOTABLE: Hanks won $103,844 in prize money, the first time a winner took home a six-figure purse. The total race purse was a record $300,000.