Postal Service Stamp Celebrates Indy 500

By Colin Bird  on May 23, 2011

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May 30 marks the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, and in honor of the milestone, the U.S. Postal Service has issued 50 million new first-class Forever Stamps.

The stamp displays the inaugural winning driver and vehicle — Ray Harroun and his Marmom “Wasp” — which was viewed by about 80,000 spectators. Harroun beat 39 other drivers with his winning time of 6 hours, 42 minutes, 8 seconds.

It’s been more than 100 years since the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its 2.5-mile oval track was built. Today, the speedway is the largest spectator sporting facility in the world.

In a related story, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that recognizes the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, according to Autoblog.com.

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