Those Injured in First Indianapolis 500

These are two short articles reflecting on the first Indianapolis 500. One reports on the condition of the drivers and mechanics that were injured during the race. This article also describes the initial arrangements to care for the body of Samuel P. Dickson, the race's only fatal injury. Dickson, the riding mechanic for driver Art Greiner, was killed when their Amplex racer crashed into the fence at the head of the backstretch of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The second article focuses on an announcement by Speedway President Carl Fisher that there would be no more racing at the track for the remainder of the year. This was a departure from the active calendar of the previous two years, but set in place a tradition that would endure until the NASCAR Brickyard 400 was introduced in 1994. There were exceptions, such as the 1916 Harvest Classic, but in general, the Indianapolis 500 was the sole major event held at the Speedway every year for decades.
These articles appeared in the May 31, 1911 Indianapolis News.

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