“Autocourse Official History of the Indianapolis 500 is a masterpiece. All 90 races are meticulously researched and lavishly presented. From Harroun to Hornish, it’s all here. This magnificent book ... belongs in anyones library. I give it five out of five lug nuts....prepare to be amazed!”
Vintage Motorsport, August 2007
“A must for the serious racing fan and a testament to the greatest of American races.”
Vintage Motorsport, July-August 2007
“A must for the serious race fan and a testament to the greatest of American races.”
About the Author
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson first showed up at the track in 1964, obsessed with the “500” and having memorized a plethora of trivial facts about the event and its participants. Returning in 1965, he was invited by IMS Radio Network Chief Announcer Sid Collins to participate as a commentator on the race-day broadcast, a duty he has performed ever since. The week after that race, he was hired (by Director of Competition Henry Banks) to be the keeper of records for the United States Auto Club (USAC), and since that time has contributed to dozens of books, written numerous magazine stories and local newspaper columns, given hundreds of talks, been featured on ABC News, and been a guest, along with Mario Andretti and Jackie Stewart, on Ted Koppel’s Nightline. He has hosted a call-in radio show every May since 1971, and for 20 years has conducted a four-night course on “500” history for IUPUI, the Indianapolis-based combined campus of Purdue and Indiana Universities. He joined IMS full time in 1998. Writer/historian Rick Shaffer first visited Indy in October of 1962, and from 1987 through 1993, he helped cover the sport for The Indianapolis Star. Over the years, he has also written articles and columns for a number of racing publications.