Colin Chapman, At Large, Class of 1997
Colin Chapman introduced current European Formula One technology to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and almost won the 500 on his first attempt. Inspired while a spectator at the 1962 Indianapolis race (at the invitation of Dan Gurney), Chapman returned in 1963 with a lightweight rear-engine Lotus powered by a Ford engine and placed second with World Champion Jim Clark driving. The duo captured the pole and the race a year later, leading 190 of the 200 laps for the first 500 victory ever by a rear-engine car. Chapman's tenure at Indianapolis was relatively short but his influence was immeasurable and far reaching.