Showdown in front of 200,000 fans.
Today a dream comes true for George Wingard. He will soon be firing up his 1914 Mercedes Grand Prix car for a lap around the oval at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All in front of 200,000 excited motorsport fans. It’s race weekend in the North American city that immodestly calls itself the “Racing Capital of the World”. The Indy 500 will soon be under way. A historic Mercedes on the oldest and surely most famous race track in the United States? It’s only irritating for a very brief moment.
Some 100 years ago, on 31 May 1915, Ralph DePalma drove a Mercedes Grand Prix racing car to victory at the fifth “International 500-Mile Sweepstake Race” in Indianapolis. A good enough reason for the racing machine from Untertürkheim to perform a lap of honour during the build-up to the 2015 edition of the Indy 500.