National Geographic : 1936 Sep
m-nlay oilOtOgraph Dy ViV1arG K.Luver © National Geographic Society nlay otogra y.ver THOUSANDS CHEER AS MOTORS ROAR AND DAREDEVIL DRIVERS START A 500-MILE RACE ON FAMOUS INDIANAPOLIS SPEEDWAY Entrants are massed behind the starting line. A touring car running with the first racers to be offofficiates only atthestart, leaving thetrack after the first lap. Oil smoke, the drone of high-speed motors, and excitement fill the air. Year afteryear thetwo-and-a-half mile high-speed brick course has taught many new lessons in safety and strength in automobile construction to motorcar builders. Louis Meyer, ofCalifornia, made anew track record last Memorial Day, achieving an average speed of 109.069 miles per hour. The original Speedway was constructed byCarl G.Fisher in1909.