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Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus Veekay wins the pole for the inaugural IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix.

Indianapolis Star

Johnny Aitken probably would have relished in this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with Indy cars to Skip Barber’s lower-level open-wheelers and sportscars galore. A litany of classifications, skills and race distances, with drivers and crews from all over the world, as well as those born just miles from IMS. Several races a day, some drivers racing back-to-back with fewer than 24 hours to rehash plans and recover from the carnage, frustration and elation of the day prior.

Because before IMS became known as the host of the largest single-day sporting event in the world and racing’s most prized trophy, soon after the 2.5-mile oval track’s birth in 1909, it began serving as the backdrop for all-comers race weekends around the calendar two years before Ray Haroun became the first-ever 500