- Indianapolis Motor Speedway Credentials -



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Due to the rarity of credentials from the 1909 through 1916 period, it is uncertain what type of credential was most commonly used. As seen below, a variety were used. The Whitehead & Hoag Co. of Newark New Jersey is one *known manufacturer of credentials from this period as seen on the bottom edge of the 1912 Concession. It is *uncertain who manufactured the other types of credentials from this period.


This Mechanic credential below is light gray in color, measures 4" in diameter and is made of pasteboard.
Note the interesting statement "WEAR THIS BADGE IN PLAIN SIGHT" "FAILURE TO DISPLAY IT WILL CAUSE HOLDER EMBARRASSMENT" One has to wonder what that would've entailed.

All though not an official Speedway credential, this advertisement, also made of pasteboard, for Apperson and Rayfield carburetors was used during the 1911 '500'.


Although the ribbon is long gone from the pin at right, it more than likely went to a similar credential from 1912 like that on the left.


The Whitehead & Hoag Co. of Newark New Jersey on the bottom edge.


This pin back button is believed to be a "Driver" credential from 1913.



Note the blank space where a designation could be written in.



Credentials from 1909 through 1916 are very rare and very tough to find. Any credential associated with race teams, Driver, Mechanic, Pitman etc., are more desirable than ones designated for Press, Concession, Guest etc..


* This information is to the best of our knowledge. If anyone has more information, please contact: NI500CC@NI500CC.COM or dar500@indy.rr.com

** From Dick Wallens book "Board Track - Guts, Gold & Glory".
*** From the 1997 Carl Hungness Indianapolis 500 Yearbook.