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Tony Hulman

Businessman who also bought the dilapidated Indianapolis Engine Speedway in 1945 and created the 500 competition that managed to get famous. He preserved a Speedway that was a darkness of its previous glory after some fatal crashes, the fantastic Depression, and Globe War II required their toll. Its owner, Eddie Rickenbacker, offered it for $750,000. He spent millions even more dollars into renovating the monitor with new chairs, a safer program, and a big, eight-story control tower. He supervised the Indianapolis 500 until 1977. His grandfather founded the Hulman & Co. low cost grocery store business, which Tony required over operating. His raceway allowed many popular NASCAR drivers to create their marks, including both Al Unser and his child.

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