Ray Harroun was born on January 1879 in Spartansburg, PA. He was the very first winner of the Indy 500 in 1911 at an average speed of MPH, with a race time of 6 hours, 42 minutes, 8 seconds in the legendary Marmon Wasp.
Defending champion Parnelli Jones dives sideways out of his flaming car when it caught fire in the pits, eliminating him from the 1964 race. Jones, who won in was hospitalized with burns but was not seriously hurt.
The Complete History of Indianapolis 500 Winners1925: Peter DePaolo