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INDY 500: 100 RACESIn exclusive photos, today's stars re-create iconic SI Indy covers

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Photograph by MARK KAUFFMAN (FOYT COVER)

Venturing Fourth A driver wins Indy once, and he puts a stamp on his career. He wins it four times, and he puts a stamp on his era of racing. A.J. Foyt (top) became the first four-timer after he took the checkered flag in 1961, '64, '67 and '77. Only Al Unser and Rick Mears have matched him. With victories in 2001, '02 and '09, today's champion of the Old Guard, Hélio Castroneves, 41, (bottom), is back for the centennial running at the Brickyard on May 29, gunning to join that exclusive club.

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DAVID E. KLUTHO (CASTRONEVES COVER)

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TONY TRIOLO

CIRCLE TIME Foyt was all smiles as he wheeled his Ansted-Thompson Racing roadster—the last front-engined car to win at Indy—into Victory Circle in 1964.

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Photograph by TONY TRIOLO (HILL COVER)

The Power Of a Name Technology may drive racing cars—witness SI's conceptual cover of 1968—but drivers drive the sport. Grand Prix star (and '66 winner of the 500) Graham Hill was behind the wheel then. This year (bottom, under the shadow of today's turbine) it's Graham Rahal, whose father, Bobby, the 1986 Indy winner, named him after Hill. The younger Rahal, pilot of the number 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry, will be seeking his first 500 victory on the 30th anniversary of his dad's triumph.

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DAVID E. KLUTHO (RAHAL COVER)

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JAMES DRAKE

GOOD SHOW, GRAHAM The quintessential debonair English racing driver, Hill prepared to drink in some American heartland tradition after his victory in 1966.

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Photograph by MARVIN E. NEWMAN (BOYD COVER)

All About Speed Two red cars. Two drivers seeking to turn a lap of Indy's treacherous 2½-mile oval a few tenths of a second faster each time. Nothing has changed in 55 years. Well, nothing except the speed. In 1961, when Johnny Boyd blurred across the cover (top), he qualified at an average of 144.092 mph. Four-time IndyCar season champion Scott Dixon (bottom), winner at the Brickyard in 2008, took the pole last year with an average of 226.760. He'll be looking to zoom past that this year. Ever faster, indeed.

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DAVID E. KLUTHO (DIXON COVER)

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START YOUR ENGINES Boyd was a 28-year-old rookie when he posed for his official photo (opposite) in 1955. He would make 12 starts in the 500, with a best finish of third, in '58.