First Auto Race @ IMS

This image first appeared in the Indianapolis Star on August 20, 1909, and depicts the winning car and driver of the first race ever held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The day prior to the publication, August 19, was the first day of auto racing at the Speedway.
Louis Schwitzer and Stoddard-Dayton made history by becoming the first-ever winners of an auto race at the track. This race, like three of the remaining four, held that day, was a sprint. It was five miles as was event 3 while events 2 and 4 were 10 miles. The Prest-O-Lite Trophy was the only race of significant distance by today's standards at 250 miles. Note that Schwitzer's name is misspelled in the caption to the above image.

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