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October 30, 2008

Centennial Celebrating

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:12 pm

As the Centennial Era of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway dawns, it is a good idea to take a good hard look at how the sport in this country came to be. It has long been my personal opinion that the entire sport as we know it owes a debt of gratitude to the folks who founded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Arthur Newby, Frank Wheeler, Carl Fisher and James Allison.

 

 

Since 1909, the track has set the standard for everything else that came after. Without the history that began so simply the sport would probably not exist.

 

What began nearly a century ago evolved elegantly, led by amazing people such as Eddie Rickenbacker, Wilbur Shaw and others. When Tony Hulman rescued the plant from almost certain death the mid 1940s, the gold standard was set for continuously making the place better the next year than it was the year before. That tradition continues unabated today.

 

IMS was the result of visionary investment by successful businessmen. As big as it is today, there is no doubt about NASCAR’s origin: Fleeing law enforcement while engaged in illegal production and distribution of moonshine. They were essentially the drug runners of their day.

NASCAR Family Tree

NASCAR Family Tree

 

Can you ever imagine Tony Hulman pulling a loaded pistol to enforce his racing rules?  Bill France did.

Hopefully everyone involved in the sport in 2009 will recognize and thank the folks at IMS currently evolving the sport, managing its history and continuing to lead the way into the next 100 years.

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1 Comment »

  1. You just couldn’t resist taking a potshot at Nascar could you? I guess we can look forward to the next 3 years of you screaming about how Nascar is not paying enough respect to the centennial era of your beloved indy motor speedway.

    Comment by TroyM — November 1, 2008 @ 8:38 pm | Reply


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