Speedway historian to be luncheon speaker

From Local Sources

JASPER — Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian Donald Davidson, believed to be the only full-time historian employed at any race track in the world, will speak at a luncheon presented by the Rotary Club of Jasper.


The program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in the Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing Theater on the Vincennes University Jasper Campus.

This event is open to the public, and tickets must be purchased in advance on EventBrite (https://bit.ly/2HUEs3i) or through the Rotary Club of Jasper’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/RotaryClubofJasperIndiana).

Tickets are $15 per person and will include a box lunch.

A passionate interest in the “500” since his early teens drew the English-born-and-raised Davidson to the Speedway for a three-week visit in May 1964.

He returned from England permanently the following May to secure employment with the United States Auto Club, where he was to remain as statistician and historian for the next 31 years. Officially becoming the Speedway’s historian on Jan. 1, 1998, he continues to serve on the Radio Network.

On May 27, 2010, Davidson was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and on October 3rd, 2013, he was similarly honored by the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.

In May 2016, the Indianapolis Star proclaimed Davidson one of the 100 most influential people in the history of the Indianapolis 500, and on May 20, 2016, Governor Mike Pence named him a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor the State of Indiana can bestow upon a civilian.

For ticketing questions, email rotaryjasperin@gmail.com.

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