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Indy 500 Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary - Web Exclusive

The actual car will be on-site when the stamp is officially dedicated on May 20 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Mar 7, 2011

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500, the Postal Service will be issuing a stamp depicting the first winner, Ray Harroun driving #32, the Marmon "Wasp."

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The actual car will be on-site when the stamp is officially dedicated on May 20 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The "Indianapolis 500" stamp from the US Postal Service commemorates the centennial of the race held since 1911 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

Since that first race, the Indy 500 has become an American tradition and is billed as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Today it is one of the most significant auto races in the world.

Featuring stylized artwork by John Mattos, the stamp depicts Ray Harroun driving the Marmon Wasp, which Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911. Text along the bottom of the stamp reads "Indianapolis 500." Small type along the bottom of the stamp opposite the year 2011 reads "100 YEARS OF RACING."

The 44-cent Indianapolis 500 stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

The Marmon Wasp was also featured on a 17.5-cent stamp in the Transportation series in 1987.

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