Before the Month of May gets too far in the rearview mirror, let’s take a look at Hancock County’s connection to motorsports. You might be surprised that Greenfield and nearby cities such as McCordsville have a long, diverse racing tradition.
Several local men have made their mark, or, in a roundabout way, been intertwined with Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Before we highlight those gentleman, however, let’s explore county racetracks of yesteryear, where dirt, concrete and gasoline were a passion for local racers and fans alike.
Hancock County boasted six different race tracks in several cities.
Two of Hancock County’s racetracks were located in the McCordsville area. One was originally a horse track that was owned by Walter McCord. He trained sulky horses for racing there. It is unclear about how much actual car racing occurred on this track, but it was mentioned that at one time cars did race there. It was located in what is now Marion County (the county line has changed) on the south side of Ind. 67.