The Indianapolis 500 race (also known as the Indy 500) is a race that’s held every year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and it’s been held there since 1911.
The photo-finishes, drinking the milk in victory lane and even the fabled yard of bricks at the start-finish line are just some of the things that you think of when it comes to this race.
One of the years that is memorable for this race is 1972. Several important things happened during 1972, and this is the first year that Jim Nabors was invited to sing the pre-race song “Back Home Again In Indiana.” It was the start of a 36-year tradition for Jim Nabors performed nearly every year from 1972 to 2014.
The second thing that happened in 1972 is that this is the first year that the cars were allowed to use bolt on wings. This helped the speeds climb drastically—Bobby Unser won the pole with a remarkable 195 mph, and the average race speed was 162 mph (that speed would stand until 1984).
The 1972 race was also the first year where the Electro-PACER light system was used during the caution laps at Indy. The officials at the speedway also did not use the pace car during the cautions, and this enforcement tool was used at Indy for 7 years (there were some controversies with the system in the years to come).
There are also many collectibles for the race, and one of them is this souvenir tumbler by Libbey Glass.
The Libbey Glass Company made this terrific souvenir glass celebrating the 1972 race. The glass features a blue race car scene on the front with a yellow 1972 at the top, and the back even has all of the race winners from 1911 to 1971 in blue.
You can see this great tumbler in my Etsy shop here, head on over and check it out!
What a great gift for a fan of the race!