The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is coming up soon and in the days leading up to the race, the world’s best drivers will be competing in time trials to determine who will start in the coveted pole position.
Why is it so important to start in first place? After all, the winner of last year’s race started in 15th place and the winner the year before that started in the 19th position. You have to go all the way back to 2009 to find a winner who began the race from the pole position. But still, everyone wants to start at the top.