Wednesday, June 8, 2016

500 Facts About the Indy 500-- Part 12: The 1926 Pagoda Was Replaced

Here is where I start skipping some of the facts.

30.  NOTHING ON THE TRACK THAT STANDS TODAY EXISTED WHEN TOM CARNEGIE BEGAN HIS RUN.

The oldest building that still stands at the IMS is the Clarian Emergency Medical Center which opened in 1956.

31.  THE ORIGINAL HALL OF FAME MUSEUM WAS AT THE CORNER OF 16TH AND GEORGETOWN.

It was a single-story brick building.  Ground was broken in 1955 and it opened in '56.

32.  THE 1926 PAGODA WAS REPLACED WITH THE BOXY "MASTER CONTROL TOWER" IN 1956.

The tower would stand until the end of the century.

33.  THE PIT WALL ARRIVED IN '56, TOO.

And new rules required cars to be pushed out of the garage and onto the track before being started.

--RoadDog

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