It was a complicated time in the world. The year was 1909, and political tensions were brewing in Europe, especially. The US was geographically isolated, but would later be drawn in. Yet, this didn’t stop a handful of car fanatics from developing what now is perhaps the most famous speedway in the world – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The initial thoughts for the speedway were it would serve as a testing facility for the burgeoning auto industry in Indiana. The space was certainly available – 328 acres of farmland. In fact, there likely wasn’t a cheaper, or more adequate spot for a speedway anywhere in the country. The Speedway founders envisioned a race track where manufacturers could pit their cars against each other, and spectators could both enjoy the races, but also judge how said cars held up against each other.
The first couple of years were slow, but by [...]