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The car in which Andretti won the 1969 Indy 500 is owned by the Smithsonian, while a replica made from the original blueprints sits on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Foyt joined the "170 mph" club with a lap of 170.875 mph.The track opened on May 1 to light activity for the first few days. Foyt turned a lap of 169.237 mph, establishing himself as the top driver during the first week of practice. By the end of the week, three drivers were over 170.
Andretti suffered burns but was able to qualify in a back up car for the middle of the front row.
Hard luck driver Lloyd Ruby was leading the race just after the midpoint, but during a pit stop, pulled away with the fueling hose still attached.
He ripped a hole in the fuel tank, and was out of the race.
The annulus inlet was further reduced from 15.999 in² to 11.999 in², and the Granatelli team parked them forever.
After five drivers were killed at the Speedway in the decade of the 1960s, the month of May 1969 was run relatively clean, with no major injuries.