IMS Historian Donald Davidson Announces Retirement

SPEEDWAY, Ind. — A voice that is synonymous with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is calling it a career after nearly six decades.

Donald Davidson, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian, has announced he is retiring at the end of the year.

Davidson, who grew up in England, first visited IMS in May 1964, fulfilling his dream and fascination with “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” He impressed many, including track owner Tony Hulman, with his knowledge of the track, and made his first radio appearance with WIBC and IMS Radio Network anchor Sid Collins. He then returned to the United States the following year and has been here ever since.

Over the last 55 years, he has become a well-known voice for the track, from on-air roles during Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 broadcasts, to hosting the popular call-in radio show “The Talk of Gasoline Alley” on WIBC on its former AM frequency at 1070, and for the last ten years on 107.5 and 1070 The Fan.

“There will never be another Donald Davidson,” A.J. Foyt once said. “I bet he knows more about my career than I do.”

“A walking encyclopedia of everything Indianapolis,” said Mario Andretti when asked to describe Davidson.

Davidson was inducted into the IMS Hall of Fame in 2010, the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2013, the USAC Hall of Fame in 2017, and has even received the Sagamore of the Wabash — Indiana’s highest civilian honor.

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