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Hoosier Author Uncovers Forgotten Moments Of Auto Racing History

Credit Courtesy/David Humphrey
Humphrey's own passion for racing began in the glory days of Anderson's Soap Box Derby.

As fans around the world get set to enjoy the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, David Humphrey, a native Hoosier, has just published a book that chronicles Indiana's passion for oval track racing in all forms.

Though many racetracks remain in operation throughout the state, Indiana's Lost Speedways and Legendary Drivers showcases a large assortment of photographs of those that have fallen by the wayside over the last century.

Favorite tracks that are showcased include  Armscamp Speedway, Richmond Midget Stadium, Sun Valley Speedway and Jungle Park.

A look at some of the state's beloved "homegrown" drivers who thrilled fans at those now defunct tracks completes David's look at the glory days of the sport.

WBOI's Julia Meek caught up with Humphrey by Zoom in the fourth turn to discuss the sport's appeal and the rich history he has uncovered.

For more information about Humphrey's new book, visit the Arcadia Publishing website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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