|When a driver travelling at 240 mph blinks, he/she will miss 50 feet of track.|
The Indianapolis 500 is traditionally run on Memorial Day weekend. It's an appropriate time for a race that has seen its share of tragedy.
Forty drivers have been killed in accidents at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 15 during the race and 25 during qualifying and practice runs since 1911. The last occurred two years ago, when 37-year-old Scott Brayton died during a practice run after a rear tire rapidly deflated and sent him crashing into the outside wall at more than 200 mph.
The following year officials made rule changes that they hoped would prevent violent car explosions. They decreased the amount of fuel the cars could hold and switched the cars' tanks to the left side–away from the outside walls.