Autocourse Official History of the Indianapolis 500

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Crash Media Group, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 368 pages
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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 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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About the author (2006)

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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