Near Terre Haute in Vigo County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Without doubt the ˝ mile dirt track located within the Vigo County Fairgrounds, is one of the most acclaimed race tracks in the nation. Some of the world’s best drivers have competed on the famed oval, including A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Parnell Jones, Jim Hurtubise, Al Unser Sr. Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. The facility has earned the nickname, “The Action Track”, for the nonstop racing thrills and excitement witnessed there since its 1952 creation.
Donald E. Smith, acclaimed businessman, Terre Haute native, and the track’s first Director of Competition, was the man most responsible for its renown. He created the famed Hut Hundred, and Hulman Classic races, and attracted the TV show, “Wide World of Sports”. Also a team owner, Don’s racing contributions have been invaluable. However, the racing community best recalls him for his kindness and generosity. To them Don will always be the “Racer’s Friend”.
Erected 2015 by Indiana Racing Memorial Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment
Location. 39° 25.176′ N, 87° 25.206′ W. Marker is near Terre Haute, Indiana, in Vigo County. Marker is on Fairgrounds Drive, on the right when traveling west. marker is at the back of the grandstand at the Vigo County Fairgrounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3901 S US-41, Terre Haute IN 47802, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of the Coca-Cola Bottle (approx. 1˝ miles away); Birthplace of Paul Dresser (approx. 2.6 miles away); Wea Tribe at Terre Haute (approx. 2.8 miles away); Vietnam War Memorial - - Vigo County Indiana (approx. 3.2 miles away); Korean War Memorial - - Vigo County Indiana (approx. 3.2 miles away); Operation Iraqi Freedom - War Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away); Medal of Honor Recipient (approx. 3.2 miles away); Claude L. Herbert (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Terre Haute.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 27, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.