INDIANAPOLIS -- After the Indiana Pacers won their third ABA Championship in May 1973, attention turned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and celebrating the 57th 500-mile race.
For the first time, the 500 Festival Parade took place during the day and moved to Saturday.
The theme was "Down Memory Lane," but it's a year many would rather forget.
Rain, anticipation of record speed, and tragedy defined the month.
Fans were excited about the possibility of seeing 200 mph speeds, but that excitement ended quickly.
Art Pollard was killed in an accident during Pole Day practice.
The race was just as tragic.
On the first race day, Monday, May 28, Salt Walther was severely injured along with 13 spectators in a fiery first lap crash.
Before the race could resume, rain brought the day to an early end.
More rain prevented the re-start on Tuesday.
Finally, on Wednesday, the race resumed.
Swede Savage was involved in a horrific accident that engulfed his car in flames on lap 58.
He died a little over a month later at Methodist Hospital.
Gordon Johncock eventually won the rain-shortened race on Wednesday after just 133 laps.
The 1973 race is considered the worst year ever by many for the 500.
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