500 Miles to Go by Al Bloemker

This website is a tribute to Al Bloemker's classic book 500 Miles to Go, which is widely recognized as being by far the best narrative history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Published in 1961 for the golden anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 and later updated in 1966, 500 Miles to Go recounts the earliest days of the Speedway, the influence of its founders and managers, and many of the epic on-track battles and key personalities that have combined to create the Speedway's rich and colorful history.

500 Miles to Go can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Written in plain and simple language, the story is engaging and entertaining, with just enough statistical and technical detail to communicate important points without turning into a history textbook or an automotive technical manual.

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