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Times-Herald Race

Times-Herald Race was the first scheduled auto race in North America. It ran from Jackson Park in Chicago north to Evanston and back.

New: 2006-04-09  Last Updated: 2006-12-31

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Track Facts

Elevation: 590 feet Latitude: 41.788017 Longitude: -87.585196 Time zone: CST/CDT (-0600/-0500)

Historical Note

The race was held on Thanksgiving day (November 28th), 1895, having been postponed from November 2nd. Six cars started but only 2 finished. The Duryea entry, driven by J. Frank Duryea, won in 10 hours and 23 minutes, including 2 off course excursions and one 55 minute stop for repairs after a steering arm broke. The only other car to finish was the Benz of Oscar Mueller, who enlisted the help of his ride-along umpire, C.B. King, to drive the last hour after he became sick.


Gordon Eliot White, Lost Race Tracks: Treasures of Automobile Racing. Hudson, Wisconsin: Iconographix, 2006 , ISBN 1583880844 , pp. 34-35.

Allan E. Brown, The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present. Comstock Park, Michigan: Brown, 2003 , ISBN 0931105617 , pp. 1-4. Order from National Speedway Directory

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