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Highlights from the 58th running of the Indianapolis 500

  • FILE - In this May 26, 1974, file photo, Johnny Rutherford waves race car after winning the 58th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind.  (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this May 26, 1974, file photo, Johnny Rutherford waves race car after winning the 58th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 25, 1975 file photo, Gordon Johncock in the Wildcat-Turbo Drake (20) leads pole holder A.J. Foyt in his Coyote-Turbo Foyt (14) at start of 59th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind.  (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this May 25, 1975 file photo, Gordon Johncock in the Wildcat-Turbo Drake (20) leads pole holder A.J. Foyt in his Coyote-Turbo Foyt (14) at start of 59th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 25, 1975, file photo, Bobby Unser waves as he cautiously drives his Eagle-Turbo Offy across the finish line to win the rain-shortened Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind.(AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this May 25, 1975, file photo, Bobby Unser waves as he cautiously drives his Eagle-Turbo Offy across the finish line to win the rain-shortened Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind.(AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

RACE: 58th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 26, 1974

WINNER: Johnny Rutherford

AVERAGE SPEED: 158.589 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Rutherford won from the 25th starting position, the farthest back for any victor since Louis Meyer in 1936. Safety improvements following the 1973 debacle led to a clean 500-mile race, and A.J. Foyt set the all-time starts mark at 17. He went on to start 35 Indy 500s.

NOTABLE: The race was held on a Sunday for the first time in history, ending the "never on a Sunday" policy that held from 1911-73. It was also the earliest calendar date that the race had ever been held.