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Indy at 100: Fatalities mar the '70s

Updated: May 16, 2011, 7:20 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Speed and safety were the keywords of the 1970s at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

With the transition to rear-engine cars complete by the late 1960s, the race began to maximize the potential of the new format. By the end of the decade, the slim, cigar-shaped cars of the '60s had been transformed into the basic platform still being used by Indy cars of the 21st century.

Turbocharging the four-cylinder Offenhauser and four-cam Ford V-8 brought massive horsepower ...

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