Where are the Indianapolis 500-winning cars?

You can get an Indianapolis 500-winning car for amongst $1 million and $2 million. But for…

You can get an Indianapolis 500-winning car for amongst $1 million and $2 million.

But for a mere $15 you can see 40 Indy 500-winning cars in Indianapolis between the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and the autos on show at Andretti Autosport and Chip Ganassi Racing. And past year’s winner will be again on the monitor for Meyer Shank Racing.

There are also Indy 500-winning cars as far away as Japan (Honda Collection Hall), South Korea (Samsung Transportation Museum) and England (McLaren’s Zak Brown). And, according to IndyStar research, they are in 11 other states, stretching from Washington D.C. (Smithsonian) to Florida (Revs Institute in Naples and Motorsports Corridor of Fame in Daytona Beach) to Arizona (Penske Racing Museum) in the United States.

Jason Vansickle, the vice-president of curation and schooling at the IMS Museum, enjoys all 34 Indy 500-successful automobiles at the IMS Museum but if pressured to decide on his preferred, it is really A.J. Foyt’s Watson-Offenhauser that received the 1964 Indy 500. It is the very last automobile to earn the Best Spectacle in Racing with the engine in the entrance of the vehicle.

“Foyt turned his interest to a rear-motor Lotus and set (the 1964 winner) to the facet,” Vansickle reported. “Most cars and trucks (that earn the Indy 500) are restored or improved but it has all the patina, the highway rash and markings, from that ultimate race in 1964 it was donated to the museum in 1966 in that condition.

“It truly is a time capsule.”

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