Driver Lineup at the 1911 Indianapolis 500 Race

Summary

Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened in 1909 with multiple races each season. In 1911 track promoters decided instead to host just one spectacular event each Memorial Day. The inaugural Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, with its $27,500 in prizes, drew 40 qualifying cars and 80,000 spectators. Ray Harroun carried the day with his yellow Marmon Wasp, and the Indianapolis 500 became an American institution.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened in 1909 with multiple races each season. In 1911 track promoters decided instead to host just one spectacular event each Memorial Day. The inaugural Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, with its $27,500 in prizes, drew 40 qualifying cars and 80,000 spectators. Ray Harroun carried the day with his yellow Marmon Wasp, and the Indianapolis 500 became an American institution.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

circa 1955

Subject Date

1911

Creators

Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 

Ford Motor Company. Photographic Department 

Creator Notes

Originally photographed by Henry Ford. This copy photographic print was made by Ford Motor Company circa 1955.

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.O.2703

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in

Width: 4.625 in

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