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A Century of Racing!

A century…a lifetime…a profound legacy! Few endeavors have ascended such lofty heights transcending time and generations. Yet, such is the Indianapolis 500®. Annually, its spectacle drawing untold millions to witness the glory of road hardened warriors pitting wit, courage, and their beloved cars against the very laws of physics as they hurl their way to victory and join the pantheon of racing champions. Energy is palpable and electric as drivers jostle their respective mechanical steeds in a battle of wills at the famed Brickyard. Securing its place in the noble lore of the honorable and inspiring Volunteer State, the Indianapolis 500® is much more than a race…it is a testament to the resiliency, determination, and character of our great nation. Whether pitted against the backdrop of inclement weather or radiant with approving light, for one hundred years the race has captivated the imagination, beckoned future racers, and inculcated itself as one of the greatest sporting events in history. It is a staple of every Memorial Day weekend and as American as any tradition. Yet this year – more than any other – it stands tall as a testament to the resiliency of its fans and participants to honor such lofty traditions irrespective of challenge. For one hundred years we have come to witness the harnessing of destiny, the creation of champions, and the securing of an indelible legacy!

As I painted my tribute to this amazing race, I was moved by the imprint of time on this event. Two years earlier, I memorialized the 100th Anniversary of this storied track with my image entitled Indy Excitement, 100 Years of Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway®. In that tribute, I painted the perspective from the multitudes of fans watching as their favorite drivers sped through the oval. I honored the history of the event with time-sequenced cars being serviced in the pits, from oldest to most current. Yet in this image I wondered at the thrill of viewing the race at track level where each of these amazing warriors would engage in the challenge of winning this epic race. I paid tribute to a century of competitors with yesteryears car racing against today’s elegant machines. Along the track, the smoke and dust reminiscent of one hundred years of racing billows as cars round the oval towards the renowned-checkered flag. Adjacent to the track, fans spanning generations and attired in appropriate garb, gather collectively willing their champions to victory all the while feeling the sonic impact of each lap and wincing at the roar of passing cars. In the horizon, sunlight gently adorns the clouds as sun approvingly sets on this year’s coronation of Indy’s latest champion…what a legacy is this greatest of races. Kudos, Indy, for one hundred years of thrills slowly and annually acquiescing to the storied checkered flag!

  • Thomas Kinkade paid tribute to a century of competitors with yesteryears car racing against today’s elegant machines. Along the track, the smoke and dust reminiscent of one hundred years of racing billows as cars round the oval towards the renowned-checkered flag.
  • Energy is palpable and electric as drivers jostle their respective mechanical steeds in a battle of wills at the famed Brickyard.
  • The Indianapolis 500® annually draws in untold millions to witness the glory of road hardened warriors pitting wit, courage, and their beloved cars against the very laws of physics as they hurl their way to victory and join the pantheon of racing champions.
  • The Indianapolis 500® is a staple of every Memorial Day weekend and as American as any tradition. For one hundred years, we have come to witness the harnessing of destiny, the creation of champions, and the securing of an indelible legacy as the event inculcated itself as one of the greatest sporting events in history.
Title A Century of Racing! The 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Mile®
Published May 2011
Subject Location Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana

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