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

12Oct
- 10/12/2018
Mark Dill

(Note — 109 years ago this month the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was undergoing a massive brick paving project.)
 

26Jul
- 07/26/2018
Mark Dill

The New York newspapermen dubbed Joe Dawson "The Indiana Whirlwind" after the 21-year-old stormed to the front of the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup with something less than 50 miles remaining to the finish.

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