Monday, June 6, 2016

500 Facts About the Indy 500-- Part 6: A Railroad Station and Built By Mules

4.  A RAILWAY STATION ONCE STOOD NEAR WHERE THE "SPEEDWAY" GAS STATION IS NOW LOCATED.

The railroad tracks went in sometime around 1870.  A lot of people didn't own an automobile yet and they'd come by train from downtown to see the races.

5.  THE ORIGINAL DESIGN INCLUDED A ROAD COURSE.

Much like the track today, Fisher's initial plans called for an oval with a secondary road-style course that ran through the infield area.  The original three-mile oval was reduced to current size, two and a half miles) and the road course was scrapped to make room for seating.

6.  300 MULES HELPED BUILD THE TRACK.

Along with 500 men, animal power and steamrollers created the surface.

--RoadDog

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