Jim Clark was the first British driver to win the Indy 500 race.The Indy (Indianapolis) 500 was first contested in 1911 and ever since then, although the cars have changed, the race format of 500 miles on an oval track has remained the same. Jim Clark was the first non-US driver to win the race and the first person to do so in a rear-engined car. In five races (1963-1967) he and Lotus revolutionised the race. His quiet and dignified nature turned initial hostility into admiration and affection. He finished 2nd in 1963 and 1966 and in his winning year of 1965 he led for a 190 of the 200 laps.
As well as the Levi Strauss Trophy, prizes for the race included the enormous Borg-Warner, a glass of milk consumed in Victory Lane and a $1,000 of clothes of his own choice!
Jim Clark was the first British driver to win the Indy 500 race.