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

- 01/25/2018
Mark Dill

This photograph is of the most spectacular accident that occurred during the first Indianapolis 500. The incident was triggered when the Case racer of Joe Jagersberger broke a steering arm on the front stretch. The car was high on the running surface and skirting the concrete wall.

- 01/22/2018
Mark Dill

The bricklaying project that converted the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to the Brickyard is rarely discussed in any detail.

- 01/20/2018
Mark Dill

If you look at Felice Nazzaro's career, there's a good chance you'll recognize the skills he crafted as the original template for not just a racing champion, but one of the "greats." He was the prototypical talent for those who came after to emulate. He was the talent measuring stick of his contemporaries for many years.