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
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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
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Apr.9.2017
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21Mar
03/21/2017
Mark Dill

Do you know who Colonel Albert Pope was? You certainly would have if you had been around at the turn of the 20th century.
 
Pope was a classic specimen of the American work ethic, diving onto the lowest rungs of the Boston-area workforce when his family met financial hardship when he was a teen. When the Civil War erupted, he enlisted in the Union Army and quickly rose through the ranks.
 

Mar.21.2017
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18Mar
03/18/2017
Mark Dill

This photo is of 1912 Indianapolis 500 Champion Joe Dawson getting some fresh air on the roof of Methodist Hospital in 1914. It was recorded several weeks after his devastating accident where his Marmon special barrel-rolled during that year's Indianapolis 500.

Mar.18.2017
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14Mar
03/14/2017
Mark Dill

Advanced historians of American motorsport and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway know that the first motorized competition at the famous track was a motorcycle race. Did you know that the date of the track action was August 14, 1909, and was only one day of a week-long celebration of the two-wheel machines?

Mar.14.2017
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