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Turning Left at 230 mph: Why the Indianapolis 500 Is the Ultimate Sports Event

Think of something scary. No, something really scary. How’s this? Strap yourself inside of a rocket ship that flies just an inch off of the ground. Surround yourself with a flammable liquid and then aim yourself at 230 miles per hour toward a wall off in the distance. Just before you get to the wall, turn left—without slowing down—and then do it another 799 times in a row. Got your attention? There will be 33 very special and very different people who are planning to do just that exact thing Sunday afternoon. Collectively, they are the starting field for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Among them are six former winners, including Jacques Villeneuve, who is 43 years old and making his first IndyCar start...

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