Core sample from the track at Indianapolis Speedway showing 108 years of paving history starting with brick.


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Core sample from the track at Indianapolis Speedway showing 108 years of paving history starting with brick.



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  1. The fact that the track is so old is a big part of what makes it good racing. Look at the bricks, when the first Indy 500 was run in 1911 the winning cars average speed was 88 mph. Bricks were a perfectly acceptable paving for that speed. They’ve since updated the surface of the track of course, but much of it can’t be changed, like the sharp turns, narrow track, and low banking. Race cars these days are absolutely not meant to run that kind of course even with a modern surface and it’s a goddamn miracle that most cars make it the full 500 miles.

  2. I heard that’s why they call
    It “the brick yard” because when they paved the bricks over with asphalt they put a one yard wide strip of them at the finish line for historical purposes.

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