Eddie Rickenbacker

As a young man, Eddie Rickenbacker drove in the 1912, 1914, 1915 and 1916 Indianapolis 500s with a best finish of 10th.

In World War I, Rickenbacker, became an ace pilot, shooting down two dozen German planes. He came home a hero, made some money and when Carl Fisher decided to sell the Speedway, Rickenbacker became the new owner.

After four years of no racing during WWII, the Speedway was in bad shape and Rickenbacker was considering selling the land for housing developmentuntil Wilbur Shaw introduced him to Tony Hulman.


Eddie Rickenbacker as a driver, in uniform during WWI and as owner of the Speedway. After he sold the track, Rickenbacker turned his talents to the airline industry.