Lewis Strang

Frigid Tests for the Young Brickyard


This week's feature article focuses on the December 17 & 18, 1909 time trials staged at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After a disastrous first auto racing meet on a running surface of crushed stone and "asphaltum oil" where five men were killed (including two spectators - Homer Joliff and James West), Speedway management had to take steps to make the track safer or there would be no track. After some deliberation they arrived at a brick surface as the most durable, fastest and safest paving material.

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