Start Your Engines!

Get ready racing fans: the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 is today!

The first Indianapolis 500 was held on May 30, 1911, in front of approximately 80,000 spectators gathered at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 2011, the Postal Service commemorated the centennial of the race with the Indianapolis 500 (Forever®) stamp.

Featuring stylized artwork by John Mattos, this stamp depicts driver Ray Harroun behind the wheel of the customized yellow-and-black Marmon “Wasp” he designed. Harroun beat 39 other drivers to win the inaugural race in a time of 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 8 seconds. More than a century later, the Indy 500 has become an American cultural phenomenon rich in ceremony and tradition and is hailed as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

The Marmon “Wasp” was also featured on a 17.5-cent stamp in the Transportation series in 1987.

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