One virtual constant throughout the history of hockey in the city of Indianapolis has been the Indiana State Fair Coliseum, now known as the Pepsi Coliseum, which opened in 1939, which also saw the arrival of the Indianapolis Capitals. It seats 8,200 fans. In addition to all the various hockey teams who have called the Coliseum home, it has also hosted the Indiana Pacers basketball team while they were members of the ABA from 1967 to 1974, which included league titles in 1970, 1972 and 1973.
Today's race will be paced for the second consecutive year by fastest qualifier and Indianapolis native Ed Carpenter, who flew around the track for an average of 231.016 mph, 2.25 mph faster than his pole speed of last year.
Today's video section begins with highlights of the Indianapolis Racers from 1974 to 1979.
Finally, an Indy 500 tradition that comes to an end this year, Jim Nabors singing "Back Home Again in Indiana", something he has done almost every year since 1972.