- United States Auto Club Armbands (USAC) -

1956-1972

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United States Auto Club (USAC) armbands from 1956-60 are made of felt and used tie strings to secure them to ones arm. Armbands from 1961-72 are made of a heavy polyester type material with an elastic band to secure them to ones arm. The white 1956, 1957 & 1958 armbands below are more than likely from another track with the '56 made of felt while the '57 & '58 are made from an oil cloth type material similar to the 1934-37 IMS time trial armbands. To distinguish the Speedway from other tracks USAC sanctioned, sewn on the armband were: the "500" in 1956, "Indpls. 500" from 1961-1964 and "Indianapolis 500" from 1965-1972. The "500" was left off of USAC armbands from 1957-1960 for reasons unknown. USAC dropped armbands after the 1972 season in favor of a name tag sized credential.

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1956

1957

1958

Note that the armband at left is "unused" as it has not been cut to make the armband.

1959-60

1961-62

1963-64

Note the armband at right is for "Accident Investigation Comm."

Note the red 1963 armband above is a non-Indianapolis armband that has been altered to be Indianapolis.

1965-66

1967-68

1969-70


Note the 1970 above which appears to be a modified 1969 armband.

1971-72

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Because of the fragile nature of felt armbands, 1956-60 era USAC armbands may have suffered damage making them tougher to find. Due to the heavier material used on 1961-72 armbands, they tend to hold up better than those made of felt and are therefor easier to find, but are by no means a real easy find.

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* This information is to the best of our knowledge. If anyone has more information, please contact: NI500CC@NI500CC.COM or dar500@indy.rr.com

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