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The Unlikely & Pivotal Racing Event of 1909


Having purchased 320 acres of farmland in November 1908, the founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) found little opportunity until the following spring to plow through the fields frozen during the winter months and begin development. They hired Ernie Moross, the best-known motorsports promoter of the era, and he immediately had a scale model of the end product erected at the perimeter of the grounds just off Crawfordsville Road.

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