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Road to 100: 1928

Posted at 5:00 PM, Mar 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-05 17:00:07-05

Indianapolis 1928. 

A new Butler University campus was taking shape on the north side. One of the first buildings to open was the historic Butler Fieldhouse. The storied sports venue hosted its first basketball game on March 7. Butler defeated Notre Dame 21-13 in overtime. 

A little further south, Crispus Attucks High School, the city's all-black high school, was wrapping up its first school year. 

And to the west, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 16th Indianapolis 500 got underway with a new president at the helm. Former race car driver and World War I flying ace Captain Eddie Rickenbacker purchased the track nine months before.

A red, not green, flag flew to start the race on Wednesday, May 30. A field of just 29 drivers vied for the win. 

Rookie driver Louis Meyer took the lead for the first time in the 182nd lap and held onto it. Driving an average of roughly 99 miles per hour, the 23-year-old earned his first 500 win, and just over $28,000 in prize money. 

His days in victory lane were far from over.

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