Indy 500: Time for an American winner?

Indy 500: Time for an American winner?

It's been a while – six years in fact – since there was a homegrown triumph in America's greatest race, but Mark Glendenning thinks the drought could soon be over

It was Jules Goux who screwed everything up to start with. The Indy 500 was only in its third year when the Frenchman became the first non-American to win it (he achieved an average speed of 78.719mph in his Peugeot, and was reportedly furious at his team manager for not letting him go faster), and foreigners have been a significant part of the landscape for America's greatest race ever since.

Indeed, after Goux's victory, it would be another six years before an American won the 500 again, although two of those years were bereft of a race due to the First World War.

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