11Aug
08/11/2017
Mark Dill

Do you know of the 1905 Premier racer Carl Fisher commissioned for Vanderbilt Cup competition that is on display at the IMS Museum? The history of the car has gotten garbled through the decades. For years, the placard in front of it said it was developed for the 1903 Vanderbilt Cup.
 

Aug.11.2017
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04Aug
08/04/2017
Mark Dill
Aug.4.2017
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30Jun
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.

Jun.30.2017
3065
13May
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.)

 

May.13.2017
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21Apr
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.

Apr.21.2017
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20Apr
04/20/2017
Mark Dill

The first practice days for race cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway were wild and weird.

Apr.20.2017
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18Apr
04/18/2017
Mark Dill

The August 18, 1909, Indianapolis News described the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway this way:
 

Apr.18.2017
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14Apr
04/14/2017
Mark Dill

Canadian-born Jake DeRosier was America's most famous motorcycle racer in 1909. He made big news at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's first motorized competition in August 1909 - but for the wrong reason. The crushed stone running surface - laid even as riders practiced - was rough and treacherous and DeRosier paid a big price for raw paving job pressed into service too soon.

Apr.14.2017
3039
10Apr
04/10/2017
Mark Dill

In 1909, as now, motorsport was a cross section of experts who clawed their way to prominence through a relentless work ethic and enthusiasts who provided the scarce lifeblood: money.

Apr.10.2017
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09Apr
04/09/2017
Mark Dill
Apr.9.2017
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