Your Chance to Ask Donald Davidson

“An Evening with Donald Davidson” – a Q&A session for race fans with IMS’s acclaimed historian – will be held from 6-8 pm, Wednesday, November 8, at the IMS Museum.

Donald Davidson, right, and three-time “500” winner Johnny Rutherford at IMS in May 2017. Photo Fritz Frommeyer

For more than half a century, Davidson has been associated with automobile racing and the Speedway. He was introduced to the public over the Speedway’s PA system on a qualifying day during his first visit to the track in 1964. He was put on the spot immediately by being asked to recite several drivers’ records at the Speedway off the top of his head from the knowledge he had gained from Floyd Clymer Indianapolis yearbooks that he found in a London bookstore. He was tested by any number of people that Saturday afternoon and came through with flying colors, amazing everyone.

Today, it is difficult for Davidson to walk through the Speedway’s grounds without being stopped to answer a quick question or for fans to simply say thanks for all the enjoyment the warm-hearted historian has given them. He doesn’t simply recite facts; he nearly always sprinkles them into stories of the personalities and human side of racing. This is where he shines, for he professes not to be a gearhead, so don’t ask him about the subtleties between a supercharger and a turbocharger.

Davidson’s work has won him, among other accolades, spots in the Auto Racing and USAC halls of fame and as a recipient of Indiana’s highest honor, Sagamore of the Wabash.

Tickets for Davidson’s session are $10 for IMS Museum members and one guest and $20 for non-members. They can be purchased at the door or reserved at