1. FISHER WAS THE FIRST OF THE "FOUR FATHERS."
Carl Fisher, a partner in the Prest-O-Lite auto head lamp company, got the idea for a track in Indy in 1905. Indy was a manufacturing hub in the early days of the auto industry, and Fisher envisioned a proving grounds where cars might be able to attain the unheard speeds of 125 mph and more.
Fisher also sold cars, and racing them was a terrific sales tool. Fisher convinced James Allison, Arthur Newby and Frank Wheeler to invest in the land for the Speedway.