The first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway took place


Thursday 19th August 1909

The first race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway took place. Celebration however, quickly turned into a disaster due to the surface of crushed stone and tar. There were terrible injuries to the race car drivers and spectators. Cars caught fire, there were deaths, and the race was halted and cancelled when only halfway completed (five miles). Louis Schwitzer was declared the winner in front of 12,000 spectators.


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