One of the most beloved figures in the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will bring his popular traveling road show home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum for a special question-and-answer session November 8, 2017.
“An Evening with Donald Davidson” will give fans an opportunity to ask questions and hear stories from the British-born Davidson, who is believed to be the only full-time staff historian for any race track in the world.
Perhaps best known for being a member of the Speedway’s worldwide radio network continuously since 1965, the British-born raconteur has also hosted, since 1971, The Talk of Gasoline Alley on WFNI, Indianapolis (formerly WIBC). He was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2013. On May 20, 2016, he was awarded the State of Indiana’s highest civilian award when named a Sagamore of the Wabash by then Governor Mike Pence.
“I look forward to that evening very much because I have always enjoyed spending time with racing enthusiasts and having the opportunity to share anecdotes about some of the fascinating characters with whom I have been blessed to spend time,” Davidson said.
“Donald Davidson is a true treasure,” said Betsy Smith, executive director of the nonprofit foundation that runs the facility. “He has thrilled fans for decades with his knowledge and stories that he has shared on The Talk of Gasoline Alley, in his popular IUPUI class which ran for 30 years, and each day here in the Museum. For several decades he has tirelessly crisscrossed the Midwest sharing his love of motor racing history with fans as part of an extensive outreach program, and we are thrilled to bring this program home to the Museum for our members and guests.”
Tickets are available at the door, but you can reserve your spot by e-mailing [email protected]. Museum members and one guest are $10.00 each, while non-members may purchase tickets for $20.00. Ticket prices include admission to the museum.
WHAT: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Speakers Series Event
“An Evening with Donald Davidson”
WHO: Donald Davidson, Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian
WHEN: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 8
WHERE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
4790 W. 16th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46222
Mike Thomsen, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Director of Communications
317-492-5703, [email protected]