This weekend, 400,000 people will file into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indianapolis 500, which some people call “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” But is it the greatest spectacle in racing? Well, you could certainly make a strong case. And if nothing else, the Indy 500 is definitely on the short list with the Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Daytona 500.
So today, in honor of the 96th edition of perhaps the greatest spectacle in racing, here’s a list of the 13 greatest moments in the history of the Indy 500. Some of them have to do with specific achievements or milestones; others are all about one-on-one competition. But one way or another, they’re all significant and definitely worth a look.