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Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Indianapolis 500


The New York Times
May 29, 1915

Indianapolis Auto Run Goes Over Until Monday.

INDIANAPOLIS, May 28.—On account of weather conditions the 500-mile automobile race, which was to have been held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tomorrow, was postponed today until Monday. This announcement was made at the Speedway office.

Weather conditions here for almost a week have been unfavorable for the big race, and when the local Weather Bureau announced more rain for today and "partly cloudy" for tomorrow it was decided to postpone the contest until Monday. It is believed that, as Monday in most places has been declared a holiday on account of Memorial Day coming on Sunday, there will be a larger crowd Monday than would have attended tomorrow.

There have been four of the 500-mile contests at the local speedway, each held on Memorial Day, and it remained for the fifth race to be the first to be postponed.

The hotels are already filled to capacity with speed enthusiasts, and each arriving train is bringing more visitors into the cty, n addition to the hundreds who are arriving in automobiles. The recent heavy rains and muddy condition of the roads seemingly has not deterred many from making the trip overland.

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