Fulford–Miami Speedway

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Fulford–Miami Speedway
Location North Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Broke ground 1925
Opened 1926
Closed 1926
Architect Carl Fisher
Ray Harroun
Major events Carl G. Fisher Trophy
Oval
Surface Wood
Length 2.01 km (1.25 mi)
Turns 4
Banking 50°

The Fulford–Miami Speedway was a AAA Championship Car wood race track located in North Miami Beach, Florida. It was the first speedway built in South Florida.[1] The 1.25 mi (2.01 km) track was built in 1925 by Indianapolis Motor Speedway co-founder Carl Fisher, who was also developing the city.[2] To help build the track, Fisher hired 1911 Indianapolis 500 winner Ray Harroun, who also served as general manager of the track.[3] The track's banking was at 50°, and as a result, cars had to drive at a speed of 110 miles per hour (180 km/h) in order to remain on the track without sliding off.[2] In comparison, the Daytona International Speedway's banking is 32°.[4] Because of the speed the track's configuration produced, the track was considered as the fastest in the world.[5]

The track held only one event, the Carl G. Fisher Trophy in the 1926 AAA Championship Car season. The race was 240 laps and 300 miles (480 km), and was held on February 22, 1926 with a crowd of 20,000.[4] The race's official starter was Barney Oldfield.[6] The pole position was won by Tommy Milton with a lap speed of 142.93 miles per hour (230.02 km/h), while the race was won by 1925 Indianapolis 500 winner Peter DePaolo, with Harry Hartz finishing second, less than a minute behind. Out of the 19 cars competing, only six finished the race.[7] On September 17, 1926, the track was destroyed by the Great Miami Hurricane; the lumber that comprised the track's surface was scattered across the neighborhood, and was later, after being recovered, used by the city for reconstruction.[8][9][10] After its destruction, the area was taken over by the Presidential County Club.[11] South Florida did not have a major auto race again until 1983, when the Grand Prix of Miami was held on a street circuit in downtown Miami. Two years later, open wheel racing returned when CART used a street course at Tamiami Park for their season finale, the Beatrice Indy Challenge.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brioso, Cesar (1999-11-11). "Blazing An Early Career Path". Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida). Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Forgotten racetrack set the pace". The Miami Herald (Miami, Florida). 2006-11-20. p. 1B. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  3. ^ Davidson, Donald; Schaffer, Rick. Autocourse Official History of the Indianapolis 500. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  4. ^ a b "Our History". City of North Miami Beach. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  5. ^ "Foremost Drivers In Florida Race". The Lewiston Daily Sun (Lewiston, Maine). 1925-11-26. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  6. ^ "Images of Fulford Speedway". City of North Miami Beach. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  7. ^ "Fulford-Miami Speedway". South Florida Motorsports Report. 2006-10-30. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  8. ^ Bosch, Miguel (2010-09-30). "Voorbeschouwing Homestead-Miami Indy 300". Motor Racing blog. Retrieved 2013-08-21.  (in Dutch)
  9. ^ "Fulford-Miami Speedway - Post Hurricane". Getty Images. 1927-01-11. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  10. ^ "Miami-Fulford Speedway". Silhouet. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  11. ^ "Miami-Fulford Speedway". NA-Motorsports. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  12. ^ Harris, Mike (1993-02-18). "IndyCar back in Miami? more on Daytona 500". The Prescott Courier (Prescott, Arizona). Retrieved 2013-08-21. 

External links[edit]