Today in History
May 30, 1911
Winning Driver Popularizes the Rear View Mirror
Ray Harroun wins the first Indianapolis 500, driving a single seat car, the Marmon "Wasp". While most racing cars at the time are two seaters, with a "mechanician" riding in the passenger's seat to provide information about the other car's locations, Harroun instead attaches a rear view mirror to his car. He finishes the race in 6 hours 42 minutes, with an average speed of 74.6 mph. Modern Indy race cars often exceed 200 mph.
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