Tony Hulman sits in the Marmon Wasp in 1956

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Tony Hulman sits in the Marmon Wasp in 1956

Tony Hulman sits in the Marmon Wasp in 1956

Tony Hulman sits in the Marmon Wasp in 1956

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Donald Davidson

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson, based at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, developed a passionate interest in the Indianapolis 500 as a teenager in England. Arriving at IMS in 1964, he delighted the racing community with his ability to recite year-by-year accounts of participants’ careers. Returning permanently in 1965, he was invited by Sid Collins to join the worldwide IMS Radio Network and was hired by Henry Banks as USAC statistician, remaining at USAC for almost 32 years. He was named Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian in 1998. Along with numerous television and radio assignments, raconteur Davidson has played host to the popular call-in radio show “The Talk of Gasoline Alley” on 1070 AM in Indianapolis during the month of May continuously since 1971. His writing credits include countless historical articles and columns, a pair of “500” annuals in 1974 and ‘75 and co-authorship with Rick Shaffer of the acclaimed “Autocourse Official History of the Indianapolis 500,” published in 2006.
6 comments
Steve
Steve

Dennis- yeh "Gentleman Start Your Engines" is one of my favorite all-time racing books. So sad to read the last page with Wilbur talking about how much he is enjoying his life at this point as Prez. of the speedway and having a family etc. and then just months later he was gone.

Racenutdon
Racenutdon

Atta boy Rick! Glad to know your wife didn't hide the tickets. I always feel like everything leading up to the race hapens in the Spring. Then as soon as Jim Nabors starts singing SUMMER arrives.

rick wampler
rick wampler

Denise.........I couldn't agree more. I LOVE THE SPEEDWAY. I look forward to that ONE DAY EACH YEAR..... The 500 !!!! Of course I don't like NASCAR but I go to the race just so I can go to the track !!! Rick from Arizona where summer has arrived along with my 500 tickets in the mail today !!!

Dennis Johansen
Dennis Johansen

Steve yeah it was wilbur who hunted him down and put the deal together.. U ever read "GENTLEMAN, OUR ENGINES" ?

Steve
Steve

As much as I appreciate Tony for keeping the speedway alive, I have to give almost equal credit to Wilbur Shaw for tirelessly campaigning to save the track and hunting Tony up. As great and as humble a man that I hear Mr. Hulman was, he would probably agree that Wilbur was a much a savior of IMS as he was. I also find it incredible that the Wasp has survived to today- I don't think too many of the other winners from teens and '20s are still around.

Dennis Johansen
Dennis Johansen

THANK GOD TONY HULMAN SAVED THE SPEEDWAY!!!!! Just think what racing would have become without the 500 and all he did to restore our SHRINE?!!!! Thanks TONY...NEVER FORGOTTEN!!!! I cant imagine life without the SPEEDWAY! No one has ever equalled how you said those so famous words. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for my memories and all my friends from the Speedway. Thank you to Mari and her children for carrying on the legacy. I love the Speedway!