Auto Racing History

Welcome to the First Super Speedway Website!

First Super Speedway is the largest on-line archive of primary research about pre-1920 auto racing history in the world. It is ideal for history researchers, authors, motor sports journalists, educators and auto racing history aficionados. This site is chockfull of volumes of material about the earliest oval horse track races, the seminal races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and road racing content as well, such as original articles about the brutally hot first French Grand Prix in 1906.

"I love what you have done with First Super Speedway! I especially appreciate the early articles about racing. It provides access to much material that is currently only available at archives. This is a boon to those of us who write about auto racing. As a scholar, I always check what I see in any book, as some people are somewhat careless in regard to sticking to the facts, so having access to the newspaper articles is really a must. Keep up the good work, and it is good work!" - Dr. Elsa A. Nystrom, Professor of History, Kennesaw State University.

First Super Speedway's Mark Dill at Work for the RACER Channel in the SVRA Paddock

- 06/30/2017
Mark Dill

The drama and madness of the first weekend of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August 1909 hit its zenith of tragedy in the final race of the final day. This was the 300-mile Wheeler-Schebler Trophy when three men died, two of them spectators. The richness of detail in the reporting of the day periscopes into a tumultuous world of danger, bravado, and brutally-earned education.

- 05/13/2017
Mark Dill

The following is by guest blogger Joel Thorne.


(Mr. Thorne is a motorsports expert, journalist, and historian. He most recently co-hosted "Pitlane Radio," a weekly interview format radio show with guests, including some of the greatest names in auto racing, providing insights to experiences driving, managing teams, and marketing the sport.)


- 04/21/2017
Mark Dill

I finally got around to reading this interview with Mario Andretti about the Associated Press' Jenna Fryer's opinion piece concerning Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso competing in the 2017 Indianapolis 500.