So, it was very satisfying to get that win and that ranks absolutely at the top of my list. For musical entertainment prior to the start of the race, the Purdue All-American Marching Band began performing on the track nearthe finish line in 1927 and has been the host band of the race ever since. Zanardi steadily climbed to the front, and led 93 of the final 98 laps. The Hulmans were somewhat resistant to allow live television coverage of the 500, largely to maximize gate attendance. 1 The inaugural race was held in 1911 and was won by Ray Harroun. 52 2007 : Rain delayed the start of the race for over four hours. Driving in pain, and suffering handling difficulties, Andretti was unable to mount a challenge over the final 50 laps.