Auto Racing History

Welcome to the First Super Speedway Website!

First Super Speedway is the largest online archive of primary research about pre-1920 auto racing history in the world. It is ideal for history researchers, authors, motorsports 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

02Jun
- 06/02/2018
Mark Dill

First Super Speedway's Mark Dill was the featured guest on WICR radio's (Indianapolis) "Hoosier History Live" the day before the 2018 Indianapolis 500. The topic is early foreign champions of the "500." You can listen now on their podcast

18May
- 05/18/2018
Mark Dill

The least well known of the three Chevrolet brothers, Arthur competed in two Indianapolis 500s, in 1911 and 1916. He also raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway prior to the first Indianapolis 500 and came away with a fourth-place finish in the May 1910 Wheeler-Schebler Trophy, a 200-mile contest.

17May
- 05/17/2018
Mark Dill

Today's entry is from the racing enthusiast, historian, and journalist Joel David Thorne. We are now well into the month of May and the historic Indianapolis 500 is fast approaching. Joel reflects on his personal commitment to the great race and the track where it is staged. I am certain many readers will resonate with his heartfelt emotions.
 
The Greatest Spectacle in Memories - by Joel David Thorne