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The Last Time the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Changed Hands, it Was a Dilapidated Wreck

Posted November 12, 2019 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: history indianapolis 500 racing

These days, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway looks pristine, polished, and ready for the world stage pretty much any day of the year, and that condition certainly played no small role in the sale of the American motorsports institution from the Hulman family to Roger Penske, as announced on Monday. That was not the case, however, when Tony Hulman first laid eyes on the track prior to buying it nearly 75 years ago.

Eddie Rickenbacker likely didn’t intend to let the track deteriorate during World War II. He bought it in 1927 for about $675,000 from its founders, Carl Fisher and James Allison, and not only oversaw a series of improvements to the track – among them the construction of the golf course inside the track, the initial efforts at paving over the original bricks, and the reconstruction of the track retaining walls – he also kept the track open through the Depression years.

The war ravaged the famed raceway - from neglect, not bombs.

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