Harvest Auto Racing Classic
The Harvest Classic was a unique event in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. During 1909 and 1910, the track had held auto race weekends which consisted of from 16 to 24 races, involving several different classes of cars. Starting with 1911, a different promotional strategy was initiated, and the track held only one race annually, the Indianapolis 500. The track adhered to this plan of one race per year from 1911 to 1993, with one exception. In 1916, with the United States on the verge of entering World War I, track management foresaw the possibility that the track may have to shut down the following year. In an effort to generate some additional profits, to get through the down time, the track held an additional event in September. This consisted of three races, all for the same class of cars (the same cars as were used in the Indianapolis 500). The event was sanctioned by AAA, and the 100-mile feature race counted toward the 1916 National Championship.
The two preliminary races each paid separate prize money, and neither served as a "heat" race, or qualifying race, for the longer, 100-mile feature. But they did not pay points towards the national championship. Johnny Aitken swept all three races.
|Year||Date||Race||Winning Driver||Car||Race Distance||Time of Race||Winning Speed||Starting
|1916||Sept 9||1||Johnny Aitken||Peugeot||20||8||00:12:37.35||95.068 mph||10|
|Sept 9||2||Johnny Aitken||Peugeot||50||20||00:32:40.33||91.821 mph||9|
|Sept 9||3||Johnny Aitken||Peugeot||100||40||01:07:05.04||89.440 mph||12|
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- Scott, D. Bruce; INDY: Racing Before the 500; Indiana Reflections; 2005; ISBN 0-9766149-0-1.
- Galpin, Darren; A Record of Motorsport Racing Before World War I.
- Champ Car Stats (http://www.champcarstats.com/year/1916.htm)