RACE: 49th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 31, 1965

WINNER: Jim Clark

AVERAGE SPEED: 150.686 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: British driver Jim Clark started from the front row and led the most laps (190) since Bill Vukovich led 195 in 1953. Clark became the first driver to win the Indy 500 and Formula One World Championship in the same year. Mario Andretti, the 1969 winner, made his debut in the race. Cursed? Nope, he finished third.

NOTABLE: The race aired on ABC Sports for the first time under the "Wide World of Sports" banner.