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A spectacle of speed and danger born on the bricks in 1911 has evolved into a far safer and more streamlined event—now can the race regain its roar?
April 14, 2011 | Charles Leerhsen
THE INAUGURAL RACE ARRIVED AMID UNPRECEDENTED HYPE AND ENDED IN SWIRLS OF DUST—AND CONTROVERSY
April 14, 2011
328 ACRES of Indiana farmland purchased in 1908 for $72,000 by a consortium led by Carl Fisher for the site of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 2.5-mile rectangular oval—the first of its kind in...
April 14, 2011 | Elizabeth McGarr
THE DEBUT RACE AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, ON JUNE 5, 1909, DIDN'T involve motors. Two months before the first auto race, a crowd gathered for the liftoff of the National Balloon Race, whose winner ended up 382...
May 30, 2011 | Elizabeth McGarr
SINCE THE FIRST 500, A CENTURY AGO, THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY HAS BEEN THE SETTING FOR SOME OF RACING'S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS, AS TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY PLAYED OUT AROUND THE 2.5-MILE OVAL. TAKE A LAP....