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Indianapolis 500: 2000 and beyond

Updated: May 26, 2011, 3:26 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- For 82 years, the Indianapolis 500 was the only race staged at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

That all changed with the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, and that 400-mile stock car race for then-Winston Cup cars was instantly a successful event for NASCAR and IMS.

But speedway president Tony George wasn't done diversifying. George had formed the Indy Racing League in 1996 to help preserve the tradition of oval racing in America. In 2000, he did something ...

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