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Detroit History: Motor City Dominates The Indy-500

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Indianpolis Motor Speedway before the grand opening - June 1909 (Wikimedia Commons)

Indianpolis Motor Speedway before the grand opening – June 1909 (Wikimedia Commons)

Ninety-five years ago, Detroit’s Chevrolet Brothers rebuilt Ford Model-T’s into souped up tire-smoking goers called “Frontenacs” that roared to victory at the Indy Speedway.

But the price of “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” glory was one brother’s life, and career-ending injuries to another, whose Memorial is among the first things race day visitors see.

Take a trip back with WWJ’s Joe Donovan in his Detroit History Report:

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