Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 100 Years of Racing (Google eBook)

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Krause Publications, Mar 7, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 256 pages
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"In Indianapolis...racing is religion. The Speedway is our temple. That's the best way I can explain my worship for Indianapolis." - Mario Andretti, racing legend Officially licensed in cooperation with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 100 Years of Racing tells the compelling story of the most renowned racing venue in the world, capturing moments, big and small, that mark the Speedway's first century and spotlight the people who made the speedway what it is today.
  

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User Review  - cruiser63 - Overstock.com

This history of the storied raceway of fame and fortune is worth your perusal! It's a great look at Indy from its inception and chock-full of facts, rare pictures and engaging text. The publisher captures the essence of the fabled speedway! ... Read full review

Contents

Celebrating 100 Years At The Brickyard
6
Preface
7
Speedway A Monumental Shrine To Motorsports
8
Foreword
9
Wild Dreams Wilder Deeds
11
A 250000 Gamble
19
More Agony Than Ecstasy
31
To Brick or Not To Brick
39
Hard Times and War
109
Tonys Team Works A Miracle
129
Shaw Carries The Ball
141
In A Crisis Tony Acts
161
Life After Roadsters? And How
177
Tonys Pride and Joy
193
One Race A Year? Who Says?
209
A 100th Birthday Facelift
245

Floundering No More
51
Thriving Amid Recession and War
69
Rickenbacker Takes Charge
89

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About the author (2009)

Ralph Kramer is the author of the critically acclaimed "Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 100 Years of Racing". He grew up on a farm 50 miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and saw his first Indianapolis 500 race in 1950. Later, Kramer covered the race and the sideshow functions for "The Indianapolis News" for more than 10 years. As a public relations executive for General Motors, he negotiated Chevrolet's Indy 500 pace car presence and for years managed Chevy's public relations function at the track. After leaving GM, Kramer served as the director of the Speedway's Hall of Fame museum from 1995 to 1998. Kramer and his wife, Carol, live in Shelbyville, Indiana.

Mario Andretti is auto racing's definition of “Been There, Won That.” His professional driving career spanned more than four decades and includes the Formula One driver’s title (1978), an Indy 500 win (1969), the Daytona 500 (1967), and four CART/USAC open-wheel racing national championships. Andretti has been called Mr. Versatile, known for driving everything from USAC sprint cars on the dirt to IndyCars, sports racing prototypes, and of course F1. He was Newman Haas Racing's first driver when the team was formed in 1982, raced there for 12 seasons, and is considered one of Paul Newman's closest friends.

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