RACE: 44th Indianapolis 500
DATE: May 30, 1960
WINNER: Jim Rathmann
AVERAGE SPEED: 138.767 mph
WHAT HAPPENED: Widely considered one of the greatest finishes in Indy 500 history, Rathmann and Roger Ward were entwined in a two-car duel to the finish. There were a record 29 lead changes and Rathman finally took the lead with three laps left once Ward was forced to slow down because of tire issues. Rathmann topped Ward by just 12.75 seconds, then the second-closest finish in Indy history.
NOTABLE: Tragedy struck again, but in the stands, not on the track when a privately owned temporary scaffold collapsed, killing two people and injuring at least 82. The homemade scaffold tipped over under the weight of about 100 fans who had paid $5 to $10 a seat in the infield of the speedway's northeast turn.