Becoming the Brickyard

This is a collection of articles published during the Fall of 1909 concerning the work to pave the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with 3.2 million bricks. The great speed facility was tagged with the name, "The Brickyard" before the work was done.

The article in attachment IMS1910plans120809 was first published in the Indianapolis Star on December 8, 1909. The bulk of the article focuses on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's plans for the following year, 1910. The upcoming December time trials are mentioned as well a note about finishing the brick paving of the track.

The article in attachment IMSpaving112809 was published November 28, 1909, in the Indianapolis Star. It reports on the progress of the brick paving of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was almost complete, as well as preparations for the upcoming December time trials.

This article first appeared in the December 19, 1909 Indianapolis Star as a sidebar to that day's coverage of the first time trials at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after the 2.5 mile oval was paved with 3.2 million bricks.

The two attachments (Brick Brochure) are pdf files of a pamphlet that provides the best overview of the brands of bricks that were used to pave the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the autumn of 1909. It was prepared by John Blazier and Tom Rollings - who did historians and aficionados of our sport a great service through their work.