August 14, 1909 – First motorized event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

On this day in 1909 the first motorized event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is held. The day at the track consisted of seven motorcycle races organized by the Federation of American Motorcyclists. It was originally supposed to be a two day, 15 race event but the second half was canceled after concerns that the track surface was not suitable for motorcycles.  Pictured: The raceway under constructionArtist rendering of the track, not an actual photo

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