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Mad Russian won first Indy 500 in 1953

Updated: May 9, 2001, 9:55 PM ET
By Lisette Hilton | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Race May 30, 1953 - Ignoring the blistering heat and leaving his fellow drivers in his fumes, Bill Vukovich put on a dominating performance in winning his first Indy 500.

The air temperature was in the high 90s, causing the track temperature to reach 130 degrees. While most of the other competitors needed relief drivers because of the oppressive heat, Vukovich was one of the five to stay in his cockpit for the full 500 miles.

Vukovich, who was on the pole, charged into ...

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