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INDY RACE WEEKEND: OVER 500,000 ATTEND DUAL RACES
Published May 29, 1996
"After months of hype, neither the Indianapolis 500 nor the competing U.S. 500 proved to be a classic event. But the Indy 500 may have bested the rival race by avoiding a calamity," writes Bill Koenig of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS. The U.S. 500 in Brooklyn, MI, was delayed for more than an hour after a pace- lap accident wiped out 12 of 27 cars (INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS, 5/27). U.S. 500 officials announced an attendance of 110,879. Indy officials never release attendance, but it was estimated at 400,000 (Ken Denlinger, WASHINGTON POST, 5/28). Tickets to Indy were not in as high demand as previous years. Scalpers were getting less than face value, and $125 penthouse tickets, which were going for $40, had gone for up as high as $1,000 in the past (Eliot Alexander, Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 5/27).