1955 Race The Speedway is packed full of spectators in 1955. The cars roar into turn one at the start. IMS photo. Al Herman follows Don Freeland in 12 and Cal Niday in 22 out of turn 4 early in the race. The pits as the cars race past at speed. Turn 1 crowd. Fred Agabasian in the Federal Engineering Special. Fred Agabsian slides backwards through turn two while running in 6th place and is out of the race. Fred Agabaian spins in turn two as Vuky takes the low road to safety. Vukovich gets left front tire off the pavement as he roars through the Northwest Turn. Vuky and the Hopkins Special in slides through turn one. McGrath and Vuky lead the field in their early race duel. Muscular arm steadies the steering wheel in turn one. The duel: McGrath and Vuky enter turn one, leaving the field in their dust. The Hopkins Sepcial in turn one. Vuky leans into the corner. Vuky in turn one. Vuky lines up Al Herman for a pass. Vuky slides low to pass a lapped car driven by Al Herman in turn 1, from stand E. McGrath and Vuky give their all early in the race. Vukovich edges closer to the Hinkle Special. Vuky makes his move on McGrath as the cars cross the starting line. McGrath held the line and maintained his lead in turn one. Vuky follows McGrath through turn one. Vuky uses his midget racing skills as he tries a low side pass on McGrath. Artificially created image, the cars have been added, the rest of the photo is a good example of a practice day at the entrance to turn one. Artistic rendering of McGrath and Vuky in turn 3. Vuky puts pressure on McGrath. Vuky and Mcgrath focus on their elegant battle early in the race. Vuky places his car well below the usual line in an attempt to pass McGrath. Vukovich dives to the inside almost touching the grass in an effort to take McGrath. Vuky takes the short route through turn one as McGrath holds his line. Vukovich takes a very low line entering turn one in his attempt to pass as McGrath is not intimidated A composite photo with McGrath holding his lead from the charging Vukovich. The leaders exit turn 2 and Vuky sets up McGrath for a pass. McGrath and Vuky speed past the photograhers in the relative safety of the grass inside of the creek, which is now covered and tunnels underground. Vuky leads Mcgrath in close quarters. Vuky puts some distance betwen his Hopkins Special and McGrath. Vuky in turn one on the ragged edge with a a little oversteer. The cars are a blur through turn one. Vuky exits turn 4 and enters the home straight. Boyd at speed early in the race. McGrath and the Hinkle Special powers through the turn at IMS. A thin veil of smoke comes from the Hinkle Special. Mcgrath at speed. McGrath on the bricks. McGrath works on his car about the time Vuky crashes on the backstretch. McGrath exiting his car after a valient race with Bill Vukovich. McGrath hopes to find a solution to his mechanical woes while his rival crashes on the back stretch. McGrath pits and considers the mechanical problems plaguing his car. McGrath looks at the engine compartment. McGrath consoled by the Jones and Maley team. A view of pit signals and the gigantic crowd in turn one. Cars on the front straight bricks in front of the Penthouse seats. Niday leads Rathman and competitors through turn one. Jimmy Bryan crusing through turn one in the traditional white of the Dean Van Lines Special. Jim Bryan, a potential race winner in 1955, was in the lead when the fuel pump malfunctioned in the Dean Van Lines Special Parson’s in the pits and the crew considers his mechanical problems. Jim Rathman in the streamlined Belond Miracle Power Special signals his crew during a stop. Sam Hanks in the Jones and Maley Special leaves the pits. Jimmy Daywalt receives service from his crew on the way to a 9th place finish. The race comes to an end for Sam Hanks in the turn one infield. A view of turn one from the stands. The Cal Niday crash looking toward the track from the infield in turn 4. The Cal Niday accident near the end of the race.