The very first Indy 500 race took place in 1959. The organizer set he February 22, 1959, as the date of the first Indy 500 race. However, it was still a long way until the TV covered the show and broadcasted it to the world.
What year was the First Indy 500 Race?
Twenty years after the first race, the race was finally televised. The First Daytona 500 televised was in February 18, 1979.Although the impact and hype of Daytona 500 was significant, the most prevalent moment was in the 1979 Daytona 50. experts, mass media, as well as sports fans around the world noted that the 1979 Daytona 500 is the most memorable moment that set the stock car history. TV covered the race entirely. In fact, it was also the first time that Americans watched the 500-miles race on their TV.
The first edition of Daytona in 1959 attained 41,921 spectators in the venue. But the 1979 Daytona attained even more. Not to mention the number of viewers who watched the spectacle through their TV.
Who Won the First Indy 500?
Lee Petty was the first winner of the Daytona 500. The winner was the driver of no. 42 Oldsmobile. Most of the racing fans might have known about the first winner. But there was a thing back then. Lee managed to win but the officials awarded him three days late. It is because the officials thought that Johny Beauchamp was the winner. But Lee posed in the front of his car right after finishing the lines. He was so sure that he was going to win the race. Officials then made it fair.
First Indy 500 at a Glance
The first Indy 500 took place at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida, United States.
The distance of the first Indy was 500 miles or 800 km. There were 200 laps divided into three stages: Stage 1 for 60 laps, Stage 2 for 60 laps, and Stage 3 for 80 laps. The stage 1A and 1B were counting for the Qualifying Races for points purposes.
Back then, folks didn’t recognize this race as Indy 500. The previous name was Inaugural 500 Mile International Sweepstakes.The most laps led by Jack Smith who managed to attain 57 laps.
The qualifying race winner was Jack Smith.
However, the fastest qualifying lap achiever was Cotton Ownens with 143.198 miles per hour. That was an amazing number in the race world.
The most winning driver for the Daytona 500 is Richard Lee Petty. People called him “The King”.