When Bertha Benz went on the first long-distance automobile trip in 1888 (with her sons), the wife of Carl Benz (the Benz of Mercedes Benz) demonstrated that automobile travel was practical. Wide-scale adoption of automobiles followed her daring adventure (which she undertook without informing her husband).
The Indianapolis 500 is more than just another race and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is more than just another racetrack. It has a rich and deep history that spans the last century. It has brought us some of the finest finishes, the fastest laps, the greatest heroes and some of the saddest moments in all of racing.