The Paper photo by Stacey Baschwit
Donald Davidson took time to personally talk with fans Wednesday.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:00 AM
Donald C. Davidson, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian, had everyone’s attention Wednesday afternoon at the Crawfordsville / Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s special event. The hall at the Crawfordsville Country Club was filled with Indy 500, race fans and IMS history buffs. Davidson, regaled the audience with his personal stories, fun facts and inside details on Indy car drivers and IMS history.
Pulling fine details from his memory as if they happened yesterday, even though in all reality, many of the recollections happened more than 40 years ago.
Davidson remembers everything from statistics and qualifying placement, down to the color of shirt a driver was wearing on a given date. He said racing was a part of him for as far back as he can remember. He had a passion for it as young as 14 years of age.
Davidson took a moment to sit with The Paper and share his finest IMS career moments.
He knew exactly where he was going to go when he came to Indianapolis in 1964.
“I was on a mission,” he chuckled. In 1965 Davidson was hired by Henry Banks to work as USAC Racing as the statistician. He held that position for 31 years. In 1998 he became the full time Historian for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Davidson is the only person to hold a full time historian position for any motorsports facility in the world.