INDY RACE WEEKEND: OVER 500,000 ATTEND DUAL RACES
"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).