Indy at 100: 1930-39 a dangerous era

Updated: May 15, 2011, 11:15 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 1930s started with America plunging into the Great Depression and ended with the United States about to enter the World War II.

But the '30s were a decade when the Indianapolis 500 continued to gain stature and cemented itself as one of the country's top sporting events -- indeed, a national treasure.

The economic state of the nation was not the reason the Indy 500 adopted the so-called "junkyard formula" in 1930 that sought to lower costs for competitors, ...

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