Penske-Mercedes PC23 (1994), Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2011

Indianapolis 500 centenary celebration at Goodwood

Goodwood Festival of SpeedPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Dozens of different IndyCars were assembled at Goodwood to mark the centenary of the Indianapolis 500.

The field included the winner of the first-ever Indianapolis 500, the 1911 Marmon ‘Wasp’ with a 9.8-litre, six-cylinder engine.

Among the cars from the 1950s were some raced by F1 drivers at the time when the race counted towards the world championship: such as Ferrari’s 375 raced by Alberto Ascari.

The 1957 Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser ‘Dayton Steel Foundry Special’ bears the legend “Driver: Juan Fangio” on its flanks.

Josh Hill drove a replica of the Lola-Ford raced to victory by his grandfather Graham Hill in 1966.

Some of the more eccentric machines to compete at Indianapolis also appeared. The Duesenberg ‘Cummins Diesel Special’ completed the 500-mile race in 1931 without making a single pit stop, finishing 13th.

Smokey Yunick’s 1964 ‘Hurst Floor Shifter Special’ looks more like a motorcycle and sidecar than an IndyCar, with the driver sitting in a pod to the left of the main body.

Among the more up-to-date cars were Penskes and Marches from the eighties and nineties, including Adrian Newey’s March 86C of 1986.

Unfortunately the 1994 race-winning Penske PC23 was crashed while be driven by engine designer Mario Illien. See a picture of the damaged car below.

It was driven by former F1 champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi earlier in the weekend.

Reigning IndyCar champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, team mate Scott Dixon and this year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon were among those driving the cars.

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