Seven-Layer Dip: Indy President Shares Core Sample from the Track

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Before the Indianapolis Motor Speedway became the Brickyard, the famed racetrack’s surface was made of of a combination of creek gravel, limestone, taroid, and an array of various stones, and the resulting roadway crumbled like a stale cookie during the track’s inaugural auto race, in August 1909. When all was said and done, five fatalities were recorded. By the end of the year, track owner Carl G. Fisher had the track repaved in bricks. And after a year of fatality-free racing, the...

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