Lincoln Tech Celebrates the Indy 500 Racing Tradition!
The Indy 500 will celebrate its 100th running this year on May 29th. The Greatest Spectacle in Racing draws hundreds of thousands of fans each Memorial Day Weekend to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and has helped make household names out of drivers like Rick Mears, A.J. Foyt Jr., Al Unser Sr., and countless others. It’s one of the most iconic events in American sports.
The teams that race at the Indy 500 and other events around the country each year are made up of highly skilled, specially trained professional mechanics and auto technicians who keep the cars running at peak performance. This translates to a wealth of opportunities for skilled techs looking to combine their love for cars and racing on high-octane career paths.
And did you know …
- This year marks the 100th running of the Indy 500, but it actually started in 1911. No race was held in 1917-18, or from 1942-45, on account of the wars being fought overseas.
- The cars race for 200 laps around a 2.5-mile track – hence the “500” miles.
- Foyt Jr. holds the record for most starts by a single driver with 35.
- Foyt also shares the record for most wins – four, tied with Mears and Unser Sr.
- Janet Guthrie was the first woman to start the Indy 500, in 1977. Danica Patrick holds the record for highest place by a female driver – she placed third in 2009.
- Overall, 10 women have entered the Indy 500.
The Best Teams At The Indy 500 Look For the Best Technicians
Lincoln Tech is proud to be a part of the Indianapolis racing tradition, and even sponsors the Indy Speedrome nearby. If your dream job involves racecar repair and maintenance, take the first step toward turning it into a reality by exploring Lincoln Tech's Automotive Program today!