Indy 500 Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary With U.S. Postage Stamp

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

Want to make sure that your letter gets to is destination fast? Put an Indy 500 Centennial stamp on the envelope.

The Forever Stamp celebrates 100 years of racing and features the Marmon “Wasp”, driven by Ray Harroun, winner of the first Indy 500. The historic event took place on May 30, 1911 to a crowd of 80,000, when Harroun beat 39 other drivers to win with a time of 6 hours, 42 minutes and 8 seconds

“At the Postal Service, we understand the power of our stamps in celebrating American history and culture — in this case, the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “I won’t be so bold as to predict the winner of the race, but I will predict that 50 or 100 years from now the U.S. Postal Service will issue another stamp to commemorate the next milestone anniversary of this great event.”

The stamp made its first appearance at a ceremony with the mayor of Indianapolis, Postmaster General Patrick Donahue, and 1974 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Poncho Carter. You can pick up these stamps at your local post office, or order them online at For all you collectors, if you order them in the next 60 days, you’ll be guaranteed a book of first-day-of-issue stamps.

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