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Updated: May 29, 2011, 12:59 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- This is a tough old race, this Indy 500, to survive two world wars, the Great Depression, the neglect of Eddie Rickenbacker and the reign of Tony George.

Sunday is its 100th birthday, but "only" its 95th running. You'll pardon the pauses for the war years of 1917-18 and 1942-45.

Thoroughbred horses aren't required for war, but steel, rubber and fuel are. Baseball players who volunteered could be replaced. The manufacturing capability and engineering expertise ...

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