Auto racing researcher Ken Parrotte has been studying early motor sport history and especially the controversial 1920 American Automobile Association (AAA) national championship point standings. This year's championship was particularly odd because of attempts by individuals years later to revise the results.
The cultural divide between oval and road racing in the United States is generally recognized but not fully explored. This is especially true with its implications for today's Indianapolis 500 with respect to the cars and drivers that participate. Something occurred to me years ago in my work with Vanderbilt Cup historian and "Black Beast" race car owner - and that's the schism I am referencing traces back to the sport's earliest days.