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Flashback to when a 67-second pit stop at the Indy 500 was fast vs. a modern-day F1 stop (video)

Apr 17, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT

Bill Holland, who won the 1949 Indianapolis 500. (Photo courtesy Indianapolis Motor Speedway) Bill Holland, who won the 1949 Indianapolis 500. (Photo courtesy Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

You’ve heard of the wildly popular “Evolution of Dance” video on YouTube?

Now there’s the Evolution of the Pit Stop (actually, it’s slightly mislabeled on YouTube as “Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today”).

In the 1950 Indianapolis 500, a full-service (four tires and fuel) pit stop took 67 seconds.

That’s right, 67 seconds for driver Bill Holland, who won the 500 the year before in 1949!

Fast forward to an F1 race in Melbourne, Australia last year, and a full stop was completed in literally the blink of an eye (you’ve got to see it for yourself).

The video below has already garnered over 700,000 views since it was posted five days ago. Check it out, you’ll be glad you did.

  1. chad4208 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    that was painful…lol

  2. aljobe - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    It’s not totally inaccurate to label the 1950 Indy 500 as F1: http://www.formula1.com/results/season/1950/381/

    In fact, the Indy 500 counted in the F1 standings from 1950 (the first year of F1) until 1960, even though it was not run to F1 rules.

  3. cdawgredface - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Considering the technology they were pretty efficient. Two tires and fuel in just over a minute and only one person changing tires. Still pretty amazing to see the comparison.

  4. thedude111 - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    I couldn’t change 2 tires and put fuel in my car with 3 guys that fast….

  5. extavernmouse - Apr 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    This is why Colin Chapman hired the Wood Brothers to bring NASCAR-style stops to the Indy 500 in 1965. And it worked: Jim Clark drove the Lotus to victory, partly because of how fast his stops were.

  6. indycar02 - Apr 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    how can you say 4 tires when only the front 2 were changed (bill holland car).

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