Indy: Racing Before the 500 The Untold Story of the Brickyard

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Before the 500, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway started with gas bags, motorcycles, auto races and aeroplanes! Experience the thrills and drama of the untold story of The Brickyard with the best-selling book on the history-making events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during 1909-1910. The Speedway was the site of many historical events before the first Indianapolis 500 was even a thought! Yet nowhere has this history ever been fully documented in one place until now. INDY: Racing Before The 500 takes you right to the action with thorough research, never before published photographs and quotes from participants that cover all of the events like you've never experienced before! Relive the circumstances that led Carl Fisher and his partners to build the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ride along with the drivers as the auto races are covered in four exciting chapters. Discover the harsh conditions endured by the race car drivers during the December 1909 brick testing sessions and learn about the little-known motorcycle races on August 14, 1909. Aviation enthusiasts can marvel at the exploits of the Wright brothers' pilots during the 1910 aviation meet and drift along with the hot air balloon pilots during the two National Championship balloon races. Everything is covered in great detail and arranged in chronological order! Several special sections have been included which provide: a closer look at the 37 rare stereoscopic photos featured in the book, a brief summary of selected participants from 1909-1910 describing their future activities and accomplishments, and page after page of auto racing statistics and records from 1909-1910. Throughout the book you'll find accurate results from nearly every 1909-1910 auto race held at the Speedway, 82 in all! Results include: driver name, car #, car manufacturer, final placing, laps completed and laps led. Each race is supported in full detail with lap-by-lap accounts!

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