RACE: 40th Indianapolis 500
DATE: May 30, 1956
WINNER: Pat Flaherty
AVERAGE SPEED: 128.490 mph
WHAT HAPPENED: Flaherty dominated and led 127 of the 200 laps at the Brickyard. Flaherty did not get the chance to defend his victory because he was severely injured in a race car crash a month later that sidelined him from the 1957 race.
NOTABLE: The track was paved with asphalt, leaving only about 600 yards of the mainstretch still remaining brick.