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NBC Sports’ Top 10 Indy 500s countdown

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The debate over the top 10 Indy 500s of all time literally could go in more than a hundred directions, but there is one point that everyone can agree upon.

This inherently is an imperfect exercise. The Greatest Spectacle in Racing will unfold with its 107th edition Sunday, May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. INDY 500 PRIMER: Details for the May 28 race on NBC There obviously is no one alive on the planet who has seen every Indianapolis 500 firsthand — and thus be able to offer an authoritative opinion on what definitively are the top 10 500-mile races to have been held near the intersection of 16th Street and Georgetown.

Beyond what is available from archival footage and news clippings, no one can vouch as a primary source for why Rene Thomas’ triumph in 1914 was a banger of a race.

Or for the special reason why Tommy Milton’s second victory in 1923 never should be forgotten. In NBC Sports’ countdown of the top 10 of Indy 500s of all time, neither of those years made the list.

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