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The British at Indianapolis
Originally £50. Foreword by Dario Franchitti

By Ian Wagstaff
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Hardback • 256 pages • 250x250mm • 300 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-845842-46-8

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• The overall British involvement in the Indianapolis 500 published in full for the first time
• The Brits revolutionised the Indianapolis 500 and have produced two winners in the past four years
• Divided into four eras examining the British influence in each
• Foreword by Dario Franchitti 2007 Indy 500 winner, 2009 & 2007 IndyCar Series Champion
• Publication co-incides with 100th anniversary of the first Indy race for a British driver, Hughie Hughes


A history of the British influence on the Indianapolis 500, including not only the drivers and cars, but the many others – mechanics, designers, and officials – who have been involved. The story is set out in a series of stand-alone chapters, with a wide variety of informative sidebars, and goes back 100 years to the early days of the race, through the British-led, rear-engined revolution of the 1960s to the present day.


The British at Indianapolis follows the format of the author’s award winning The British at Le Mans. It recounts the history of the Indianapolis 500 race through the eyes and actions of those British born or British citizens who have driven in it, or been involved in any other way – be it as a designer, mechanic, or official. It also examines the British built cars that have won the Indy 500 and the significance of the rear engined revolution brought to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by Cooper in 1961, and elevated to success by Lotus and Lola. It includes such names as Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Nigel Mansell. In addition to the 500 it includes other races at the IMS, notably Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the Formula One Grand Prix there. It is a story that goes back to the first 500 in 1911, when London-born Hughie Hughes became the first British-born driver to race in the 500, to the present day, with more British than ever competing in the race and British drivers winning twice in the last four years.

Independent Reviews

"Wagstaff does a fine job and laces the story with plenty of quotes from drivers and engineers. Highly recommended." – Classic & Sports Car

"Packed with interviews, recollections, rare pics and vital reference material, the 'British at Indianapolis' is a fitting tribute to the Brits – on and off track – who have contributed to Indy history." – Autosport

"Wagstaff's absorbing book will certainly set you right about the involvement of British drivers, teams and designers in America's most famous race, the Indy 500. It's 240 pages are well written, carefully researched and illustrated with an apt and engaging collection of pictures from all eras. Anecdotes, quotes and character studies abound. Excellent." – Classic Cars

"Wagstaff's excellent new book is a reminder that the Brits and Indy have had close relationships over many years. A lot of background work and research must have gone into this book, which is also very well illustrated." – Classic Driver (Australia)

"BOOK OF THE MONTH. Wagstaff clearly knows his stuff." – Octane

"With the text punctuated by informative sidebars, the drivers, the cars, the technicalities and a host of behind-the-scenes details are covered in Ian Wagstaff's profusely illustrated and superbly constructed account of the world's most famous motor race from the British perspective." – Speedscene

"From London-born Hughie Hughes in 1911 to Franchitti in 2010 and yes, even Lewis Hamilton's win in F1, Wagstaff misses nothing – many happy laps for anyone interested in the history of this wonderful racetrack, an ultimate tribute to the greatness the British brought to it." – Vintage Motorsport

"This is the most complete rendition of the history of the British influence on Indianapolis. As you enjoy the many magazines, newspapers, videos, and books that will be devoted to the 100 years of Indianapolis 500 history, don't forget about The British at Indianapolis to round out that history, a very important and significant piece of Indy history." –

"Two words in the title of this book mean that, if you have any interest in either, you should acquire it." – Vintage Racecar


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