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Found in WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971 1956 May

40th Annual Indianapolis 500 Race Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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The WSLS-TV News Film Collection, 1951-1971, comprises anchor scripts and 16mm news film created by Roanoke, Va., television station WSLS. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funded the preservation and digitization of this collection.

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Run Time
1 min., 25 sec.
Crowds fill the stands as the pace car leads 33 racers onto the track; the starting flag is waved and the race begins; several cars veer off the track as a result of a crash by driver Novi Special; Troy Ruttman walks away from the crash unhurt and smoking a cigarette; Pat Flaherty wins the race; rescuers rush to Dick Rathmann's car, which crashed after the race; Pat Flaherty is awarded the cup and receives a double kiss.
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