Sadly -- it was, for a time.
Yeah no it wasnt
"I wasn't going to finish 2nd today...2nd was not in the cards...I was either going to win or i was not going to finish at all..." Eddie Cheever-Victory Lane,Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1998
I'll rephrase it similar to what TD was talking about.
By some measures, the 400 was bigger than the 500.
This will be my 35th Indy 500, 30th consecutively. I've never bought my tickets through IMS. I never bought them 'illegally' either.
I did attend the BY400 from 1994 thru 2010, I did get those tickets through IMS. That is until 2011, that's when I surrendered my tickets as the race no longer appealed to me.
My first Indy 500 was 1973, haven't missed one since 1981. To date I have attended 35 Indy 500's, and probably 100 or so other IndyCar races (CART & IRL).