One of the great symbols of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is what locals and fans worldwide refer to as "the Pagoda." The reference is not exclusively to the current 13 story steel and glass structure that is more "pagoda inspired" than an edifice that makes a serious attempt to emulate the classic Japanese design.
All but forgotten, one of the great milestones of early automobile racing was Barney Oldfield's achievement of covering a lap on a mile track in less than a minute. Few people know about this event, and a large percentage of those that do confuse it with the first-ever achievement of traveling a mile in one minute anywhere. This was not a land speed record.