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Yearbook, Aug. 19: Indy speedway opens

8/19/2012

Aug. 19, 1909: It wasn't the 500. Just the 5. But on this day 103 years ago, Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted its first race, with 12,000 people on hand to see Austrian Louis Schwitzer claim victory. His average speed: 57.4 miles per hour.

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