RACE: 37th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 1953

WINNER: Bill Vukovich

AVERAGE SPEED: 128.740 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Vukovich won the first of two straight Indianapolis 500s. This one was known as "The Hottest 500" because the track temperature reached 130 degrees. At least 16 of the 33 starters needed relief drivers.

NOTABLE: Chet Miller, known as "Dean of the Speedway, was killed in a crash during practice for the race.