INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Want to know some obscure fact or gain some insight about the drivers who have turned laps at the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway? Just ask Donald Davidson and he’ll assemble an answer faster than the best pit crew.
Davidson, Speedway historian and member of the Auto Racing Hall of Fame, will share his experiences as the featured speaker at this year’s Senior Promise Christmas Party, slated for Friday, Dec. 9 at Primo Banquet Hall and Conference Center.
The British-born Davidson spent his youth immersed in studying the history of the Indy 500. Upon his first visit to the track in 1964, he amazed race fans with his ability to recite the record of every driver who had ever competed at the 2.5-mile track. The following year, he moved to Indianapolis and became a race statistician.
The affable auto aficionado later would become the Speedway’s first full-time historian, a position he has held for more than three decades. He also is the longest-serving commentator on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network staff.
“Our annual celebration honors the birth of Christ and celebrates the holiday season,” said Mindy King, director of Franciscan Insurance Services, a component of the Franciscan Health-based Senior Promise. “We’re proud to have Mr. Davidson join us this year and share his passion for the Indy 500 and take questions from the audience.”
The annual party also includes a plated lunch to participants and the opportunity to win prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Franciscan Health Food Pantry.
Tickets are on sale now. Senior Promise members pay $20 each and guest tickets are $25. Reservations are required because of limited seating. For more information about the party or to join Senior Promise, call (317) 528-8277.
Since 1987, Senior Promise has been keeping a pledge with more than 33,000 Central Indiana seniors. The program offers a variety of benefits and events to help those ages 55 and older stay in good health and prepare for the future.