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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 29: A general view of cars racing during the IZOD IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Smith is one of the most popular surnames in the United States. Despite this fact, no one has ever qualified for the Indy 500 with the last name of Smith. In the racing world it is known as the "Curse of the Smiths".