Automobile Racing--Indianapolis, 1911--Item 25

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

1911-1911

Subject Date

1911

Creators

Henry Ford 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.O.2703

Material

Gelatin Silver

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in

Width: 4.625 in

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