Indiana National Bank asked Tony Hulman to share Indianapolis 500 attendance figures when he borrowed an estimated $700,000 to purchase Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1945.
The bank never got the figures. Hulman paid off the loan.
Although Hulman died in 1977, his secret has lived on. No one connected with the Speedway has confirmed the size of any race-day crowd, and the limited number of people who know show no indication of breaking Hulman’s unwritten rule.
Last fall, The Star decided to solve the mystery.
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