Autocourse Official History of the Indianapolis 500

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To celebrate the 90th running of this legendary race, this lavish and comprehensive history presents nine decades on the legends and races at the "Brickyard."  Almost every aspect of the world's most famous of open-wheel races on the 2.5 mile oval (then paved with some 3.2 million bricks) to its evolution into today's super speedway with state of the art facilities and cars myriad of stories telling of the race's triumph and tragedy, featuring a host of great names from the first winner Ray Harroun to Sam ...

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Overview

To celebrate the 90th running of this legendary race, this lavish and comprehensive history presents nine decades on the legends and races at the "Brickyard."  Almost every aspect of the world's most famous of open-wheel races on the 2.5 mile oval (then paved with some 3.2 million bricks) to its evolution into today's super speedway with state of the art facilities and cars myriad of stories telling of the race's triumph and tragedy, featuring a host of great names from the first winner Ray Harroun to Sam Hornish, the 2006 recipient of the Borg Warner Trophy. A must for the serious racing fan and a testament to the greatest of American races.

 

 

 

 

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SpeedTV.com, May 2007
Autocourse Official History of the Indianapolis 500 is a masterpiece. All 90 races are meticulously researched and lavishly presented. From Harroun to Hornish, it’s all here. This magnificent book ... belongs in anyones library. I give it five out of five lug nuts....prepare to be amazed!”

Vintage Motorsport, August 2007

“A must for the serious racing fan and a testament to the greatest of American races.”

Vintage Motorsport, July-August 2007

“A must for the serious race fan and a testament to the greatest of American races.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905334209
  • Publisher: Crash Media Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.13 (w) x 12.31 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson first showed up at the track in 1964, obsessed with the “500” and having memorized a plethora of trivial facts about the event and its participants. Returning in 1965, he was invited by IMS Radio Network Chief Announcer Sid Collins to participate as a commentator on the race-day broadcast, a duty he has performed ever since. The week after that race, he was hired (by Director of Competition Henry Banks) to be the keeper of records for the United States Auto Club (USAC), and since that time has contributed to dozens of books, written numerous magazine stories and local newspaper columns, given hundreds of talks, been featured on ABC News, and been a guest, along with Mario Andretti and Jackie Stewart, on Ted Koppel’s Nightline. He has hosted a call-in radio show every May since 1971, and for 20 years has conducted a four-night course on “500” history for IUPUI, the Indianapolis-based combined campus of Purdue and Indiana Universities. He joined IMS full time in 1998. Writer/historian Rick Shaffer first visited Indy in October of 1962, and from 1987 through 1993, he helped cover the sport for The Indianapolis Star. Over the years, he has also written articles and columns for a number of racing publications.  

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Table of Contents


The Early Years: 1911-1960   Donald Davidson     12
How It All Began     14
A 500-Mile Race It is     28
Exit the Auto Manufacturers, Enter the Racing Car Specialists     44
Supercharged Screamers     58
Dealing with the Great Depression     68
Addressing the Issue of Safety     80
Single-Seaters, the European Formula, and Gathering Warclouds     94
Back Up and Running Again     104
The Coming of the "Roadster"     122
"Upright" or "Laydown"?     140
Back to Front 1961-2006   Rick Shaffer     156
There Was Clearly Change in the Wind     158
Wings and Things and Record Flings     194
Truly Flat Out for the First Time     220
Welcome to Our Show for Chevrolet     254
Indy Racing League Ushers in New Era for Speedway     286
Statistics     318
Drivers Listed by First Race Start     320
Official Box Scores 1911-2006   Donald Davidson   Tim Sullivan     322
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