Tuesday, July 12, 2016

There Was Another Auto Racetrack Near Indianapolis-- Part 1: Nature Reclaiming Track Now

From the May 27, 2016, Indianapolis Star "Once a racetrack, now a wooded lot" by Will Higgins.

It was located an hour west of Indianapolis in Parke County (famous for its 31 covered bridges) and, surprisingly, the wooden grandstand still stands though in an advanced state of dilapidation.

This is about all that remains of the Jungle Park Speedway, a half-mile oval which was once one of the premier speedways in the Midwest in the early 20th century.  It was the proving ground for some of the top American race car drivers.  Eight winners there went on to win the Indy 500, including Wilbur Shaw who won it in 1937, 1939 and 1940.

The track closed in 1960 after one more in a long line of horrific accidents.

Nature is now reclaiming the track.


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