Today in History: First race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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A poster shows crowds cheering as two racing motorists battle it out wheel to wheel at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)
Cars line up for the start of the 100 mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Paul Thompson/Getty Images)
Cars approach the finishing line of the 500 mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana, which opened in 1909. (Photo by Nathan Lazarnick/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - CIRCA 1912: Indianapolis Motor Speedway winner Joe Dawson cicra 1912 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sports Studio Photos/Getty Images)
UNKNOWN – 1919: Tommy Milton is pictured with the Duesenberg he used to win five of the 21 races held during the American Automobile Association (AAA) National Championship trail season. Milton later went on to fame as the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 mile race at the Indianapolis (IN) Motor Speedway twice, coming home in first place in both 1921 and 1923. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
The starting line-up at the Indianapolis 500 motor race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, 1912. Front row, left to right: Eddie Hearne (1887 - 1955) in a Ballot, car number 15, Harry Hartz (1896 - 1974) in a Duesenberg Straight 8, car number 12, and Jimmy Murphy (1894 - 1924) in a Duesenberg/Miller, car number 35. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 30, 1925: Drivers get set to fire up their cars for the start of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Starting from the middle of row one in his Duesenberg, Peter DePaolo (No. 12) went on to win the race. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
View of cars on the brick-surfaced track for a trial run before the for the Indianapolis 500 motor race, Speedway, Indiana, May 31, 1926. (Photo by American Stock/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 1933: Driver Fred Frame poses along with his riding mechanic before the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After starting third in the race, Frame led 37 laps before a broken valve forced him from the running. He finished in 29th position. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 30, 1947: The field of cars head into turn one at the start of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
GARDENA, CA — 1948: Andy Linden (No. 77) leads a fellow competitor during a Track Roadster race at Carrell Speedway. Linden went on to a great career driving Midgets, Sprint Cars and Indy Cars from 1950 through 1957, including seven starts in the Indianapolis 500 Indy Car race at the Indianapolis (IN) Motor Speedway. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 30, 1951: Chuck Stevenson (No. 8) leads Duke Dinsmore (No. 6) during the Indianapolis 500 Indy Car race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Neither was running at the end of the event, but they were in good company, as only eight of the 33 cars that started the race were still running at the finish. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 30, 1955: The field of cars for the Indianapolis 500 take their pace lap at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Cars starting at the rear of the field included Keith Andrews (No. 31), Ed Elisian (No. 68), Johnny Thomson (No. 44) and Eddie Johnson (No. 83). (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 26: 1964 Indianapolis 500 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While you can't fault Smokey Yunick for a lack of ingenuity, the Hurst Floor Shifter Special however failed to qualify due to a lack of sophistication. Poor handling and brakes were just some of the problems. (Photo by Bob D'Olivo/The Enthusiast Network/Getty Images)
Accident at the Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, 1974. Marshals are engaged in the recovery of a car which has crashed into the outer perimeter wall of the circuit. Other competitors pass below the scene of the crash. (Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 25: A.J. Foyt #14 Parnelli VPJ6C/Cosworth drives ahead of Tom Bagley #40 Wildcat IV/Cosworth during practice for the 1980 Indy 500 on May 25, 1980, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bob Harmeyer/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 29: Bobby Rahal drives the March 83C 10/Cosworth during the Indianapolis 500 on May 29, 1983, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bob Harmeyer/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: The parade lap for the 1984 Indianapolis 500, with pole sitter Tom Sneva in the near lane, Howdy Holmes in the center, and Rick Mears on the outside, on May 27, 1984, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bob Harmeyer/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 29: Rick Mears drives down a straight during the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 1988 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Rick Mears won the race. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 29: Michael Andretti stands in his Target #8 car next to his crew before the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 1994 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
22 May 1997: General view of the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.
INDIANAPOLIS, UNITED STATES: Drivers (R) in competition for the Indianapolis 500 automobile race wave to the crowd 24 May as they stand on bleachers on the pit lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis, IN. The race will be held 25 May with Arie Luyendyk from the Netherlands holding pole position. (Photo credit should read VINCENT LAFORET/AFP/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, UNITED STATES: Emergency trucks drive around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, trying to dry the track after morning showers, 24 May, ahead of the 82nd Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis, IN. Billy Boat is the pole sitter for the start of the race. AFP PHOTO Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
1 Aug 1998: General view of the action during the NASCAR Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mandatory Credit: David Taylor /Allsport
8 May 2001: Tony Stewart crosses the bricks at the start finish line as he is coming out of the pits in his Chip Ganassi Racing G Force Oldsmobile during Tuesday practice in preparation for the Indianapolis 500, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Digital Image. Mandatory Credit: ROBERT LABERGE/ALLSPORT
INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 26: Team Green Motorola/Archipelago driver Michael Andretti drives his Chevrolet Dallara ahead of a pack of cars during the 86th Running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 26, 2002. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - AUGUST 2: Bill Elliott, driver of the #9 Evernham Motorsports Dodge Intrepid, is pushed into Gasoline Alley by crew members during practice for the NASCAR Brickyard 400 on August 2, 2003 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 7 : Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Hendrick Motorsport DuPont Chevrolet crossesthe famed yard of bricks during practice for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Brickyard 400 on August 7, 2004 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 29: Tony Kanaan drives his #11 Team 7-Eleven Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda during the 89th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2005 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - AUGUST 7: Scott Riggs drives the #10 Rally's Chevrolet during the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on August 7, 2005 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gavin Lawrence/Getty Images)
Indianapolis, UNITED STATES: Driver Sam Hornish Jr. of the US kisses the yard of bricks at the finish line after winning the 90th Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 28 May 2006 in Indianapolis. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
Indianapolis, UNITED STATES: Formula One Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher of Germany takes the checkered flag waved by Tony George (L), CEO of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 02 July 2006 to win the United States Grand Prix in Indianapolis. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 12: Detail from the Borg Warner Trophy during qualifying for the IRL Indycar Series 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 12, 2007 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 27: The field makes its way through turn four during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 09: Helio Castroneves driver of the #3 Team Penske Dallara Honda poses for his qualifying photo during qualifying for the IRL IndyCar Series 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 9, 2009 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 26: Drivers and crew member lineup on the starting grid before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
INDIANAPOLIS - AUGUST 29: Mika Kallio of Finland and Pramac Green Energy Team leads the field during the MotoGP race of the Red Bull Indianapolis Moto GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 29, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 20: Dario Franchitti drives the #50 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car during practice for the Indinapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 20, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 28: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 AdvoCare Chevrolet, leads a group of cars during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images for NASCAR)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 26: The #44 Magnus Racing Flex-Box/Private Client Reserve of US Bank Porsche GT# Cup, driven by John Potter and Andy Lally leads a pack of cars during the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/NASCAR via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 23: Buddy Lazier, driver of the #91 Lazier Partners Racing Chevrolet Dallara, during final practice on Carb Day for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 23, 2014 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 25: Paul Menard, driver of the #33 Richmond/Menards Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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When you think auto racing, it's hard not to think about Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ground was broken in March of 1909, and five months -- and $3 million -- later, "the Brickyard" was born.

The legendary racetrack opened its doors for its first race on this day a whopping 105 years ago today. The race drew a crowd of 15 to 20 thousand, each paying a dollar or less for admission. On a track littered with tar, oil, dirt and other remnants, just four cars finished the race, and one wreckage left a driver dead. Naturally, there were safety concerns moving forward, but it was only a few years before the track was stable and home to classic showdowns.

More than a century later, Brickyard is perhaps the most iconic locations in all of racing. Click through the gallery above to relive some of its most memorable moments, and watch the video below for an interesting Indy 500 tale about a racing snail.

How an Indy 500 Champ Inspired a Racing Snail

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