Ray Harroun is best remembered as the first champion of Indianapolis 500. But his greatest contributions to the automotive world arguably happened behind the scenes. Here, we take a closer look at the storied career and off-the-track accomplishments of this pioneering inventor and automotive engineer.
At this year’s historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, a very special car took to the track for a ceremonial lap with four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser behind the wheel. The Marmon Wasp raced to victory under the guidance of Ray Harroun at the first Indy 500 in 1911. Check out our latest THIS CAR MATTERS film to learn more about this amazing car.
The long and storied history of the Indianapolis 500 is positively brimming with iconic cars and drivers. Of these, none hold the distinction of the latest addition to the National Historic Vehicle Register—the Marmon Wasp. Check out this breakdown on why this legendary Indy racecar qualifies as being one of the nation’s most historically significant cars.