In Memoriam: Andre Ribeiro

By: Spencer NeffMay 23, 2021 On Sunday morning, former INDYCAR driver Andre Ribeiro passed away at age 55 following a battle with colorectal cancer. Like many drivers over the past few decades, Ribeiro got his racing started in karting, winning the Brazilian national title each year from 1986 to 1988. After stints in Formula OpelContinue reading “In Memoriam: Andre Ribeiro”

In Memoriam: Bill Whittington

By: Spencer NeffApril 26, 2021 On Friday, former IndyCar driver Bill Whittington passed away in a plane crash in Holbrook, Arizona. Like many of his contemporaries, Whittington’s career started in road racing. His family owned the Road Atlanta circuit in Braselton, Georgia. Additionally, the Lubbock, Texas native raced airplanes, winning races in 1978 and 1983Continue reading “In Memoriam: Bill Whittington”

History Makers: Maude Yagle

By: Spencer NeffMarch 26, 2021 Continuing in recognition of Women’s History Month, today IndyCar1909 profiles the life of Maude Yagle. Sadly, not much is known about Yagle’s life but she does hold a notable part of Indianapolis 500 history. Quiet Start The Philadelphia native began her career as a car owner in 1928, purchasing aContinue reading “History Makers: Maude Yagle”

History Makers: Desiré Wilson

By: Spencer NeffMarch 18, 2021 In recognition of Women’s History Month, will take a look back at some of the most impactful women in the history of IndyCar. Today, we profile the life and career of Desiré Wilson. Wilson’s career features many pioneering moments and her legacy continues to this day. International Beginnings Wilson’sContinue reading “History Makers: Desiré Wilson”

In Memoriam:Pat Patrick

By: Spencer NeffJanuary 6, 2021 On Tuesday, longtime IndyCar Car Owner U.E. “Pat” Patrick passed away at age 91. For nearly four decades, Patrick was involved with IndyCar racing, first as a sponsor in 1967 on Walt Michner’s team. By 1970, Patrick ventured into car ownership with business partner LeRoy Scott. Three years later, GordonContinue reading “In Memoriam:Pat Patrick”

In Memoriam: John Paul Jr.

By: Spencer NeffDecember 30, 2020 On Tuesday, former IndyCar driver John Paul Jr. passed away at the age of 60 following a long battle with Huntington’s Disease, a progressive, genetic neurological disorder. In 1979, the Muncie, Indiana native began his racing career driving Formula Fords in the SCCA and finishing 13th in the overall championship.Continue reading “In Memoriam: John Paul Jr.”

A Portrait of History

By: Spencer NeffDecember 14, 2020 For those of us who have been lucky enough to attend the Indianapolis 500 at one point or another since 1911’s inaugural running, the memories of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” are what stick with us over time. Between the evolution of the race and its numerous historic moments, theContinue reading “A Portrait of History”

What’s in a Name

By: Spencer NeffNovember 18, 2020 When I started this website three months ago, I did have to spend some extra time on devising a name for it. After some deliberation, I settled on IndyCar1909. Since then, I’ve gotten several questions on the significance of “1909”. In short, 1909 is the first year of American Open-WheelContinue reading “What’s in a Name”

History Makers: Lou Moore

By: Spencer NeffAugust 18, 2020 Welcome to IndyCar1909 and today we begin a new series for you. This is the first installment of “History Makers”. In this collection of profiles, we will discuss the lives and contributions of those whose contributions have been significant to IndyCar, the Indianapolis 500 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Today,Continue reading “History Makers: Lou Moore”