Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum New Exhibition “Second” Opens November 18

INDIANAPOLIS, November 17, 2022 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum announces the opening of its newest exhibition, “Second,” on November 18. The exhibition honors the 43 drivers who finished second in the Indianapolis 500 but never won the race.

The triumph of winning the Indianapolis 500 is limited to a few, with most drivers facing defeat. Fueled by the storied history, competition, and allure, drivers yearn for victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Forty-three were mere moments from claiming the checked flag, five of whom are still in pursuit of adding their name and likeness to the Borg-Warner Trophy.

“Second” features six themes, accomplishment, controversy, determination, heartbreak, mechanical, and redemption. The drivers were placed within a theme based on their Indianapolis 500 race attempts, racing careers, or future in racing.

“We spend a great amount of time celebrating the winners of the Indy 500, which we should, but these 43 drivers are so accomplished in their own right that we wanted to recognize them,” said Jason Vansickle, Vice President of Curation and Education. “You hear drivers say how hard it is to win in Indy, and these stories showcase how much of an achievement it is even to finish second.”

This is the largest number of drivers ever featured in one exhibition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. The drivers featured include Tony Bettenhausen, Eddie Sachs, Dan Gurney, Michael Andretti, Scott Goodyear, and the most recent runner-up, Pato O’Ward. These drivers have race wins, championships, and successful careers but remained runner-up at the Indianapolis 500 mile race.

“The idea of ‘almost’ or ‘what if’ resonates with everyone,” said Joe Hale, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. “As you wander through the exhibition and take in these stories, we can’t help but relate to wondering how our lives might be different if we had gotten that job or won that prize. With ‘Second,’ we continue to find new ways to tell the stories of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

The exhibition includes 19 cars, 13 from outside the Museum’s collection. Numerous artifacts, such as the Astor Cup, Davy Jones’ 24 Hours of Le Mans trophy, Paul Tracy’s 2002 Indy 500 suit, and Tony Bettenhausen’s 1951 helmet, are on display. Additionally, guests can utilize interactive tablets to learn more about each driver through storytelling, images, and video. Guests can learn about their Indianapolis 500 race(s) and their careers outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Second” is the fifth exhibition the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum opened in 2022. The exhibition opens to the general public on November 18. Admission is free to members and included in general admission.

About the IMS Museum:

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is home to one of the world’s premier motorsports and automobile collections, with interpretive emphasis on the Indianapolis 500 and its role as an American icon of sporting tradition and innovation. Located inside the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, the IMS Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on the support of visitors, members, donors, and corporate partners, who make possible our daily operations, exhibits, educational programming, and restoration and preservation initiatives.

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