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INDIANA'S AUTO SPEEDWAY

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Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Indianapolis Motor Speedway

INDIANA'S AUTO SPEEDWAY

The New York Times
February 8, 1909

Near Indianapolis—To Be Finished by June for Balloon Meet.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Feb. 7.—The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Company, capital $250,000, filed its articles of incorporation yesterday.  The company will operate a motor speedway, now in course of construction four and a half miles from the centre of Indianapolis.  A contract has been made with the Aero Club of America to have the speedway finished by June 1 in order to serve as the starting point of the next National balloon meet.

The design of the track is odd.  The outer circular track is a course of two miles fifty feet wide, and banked at the curves to stand a racing speed of 100 miles or more an hour.  Inside of this track is a winding course twenty-five feet wide, banked to permit a speed of 60 miles an hour.  The inner course connects with the outer one and may be used when desired to give a five-mile lap, affording plenty of curves.  The curves are broad, the ground is all level, and there are no fences or buildings within fifty feet of the track.



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