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Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Indianapolis Motor Speedway


The New York Times
December 17, 1909

Indianapolis Course to be Rededicated by Gov. Marshall.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Dec. 16.—Well-known automobile drivers of the United States will to-morrow, the weather permitting, begin a two-day series of speed trials against world's records on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The races will start immediately after the rededication of the two-and-a-half-mile course, which recently was paved with brick.  The rededication ceremonies will centre about the laying of a gold-plated brick immediately in front of the grandstand.  Gov. Thomas R. Marshall will preside.

Among the drivers who have entered are Christie, Strang, Aitken, Kincaid, Stillman, and Harroun.  Five events, including speed trials for distances from one-quarter-mile to 100 miles, are scheduled for to-morrow.

Several racing cars were tried out on the track to-day.  Walter Christie, with his special racer, made several circuits around the track, at one time going a half mile in 15 seconds, or at the rate of two miles a minute.  Strang in a Fiat did a half mile in 16 2-5 seconds.

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