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The John Mitchell Collection, no. 5 - Texas International Speedway

Daryl Mitchell


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  •  Before the start of a race at Texas Motor Speedway 
  •  People waiting in the stands 
  •  Car zooming around the track 
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This home movie from the John Mitchell Collection captures a day at the Texas International Speedway, now known as the Texas World Speedway, in College Station. The facility opened in 1969 and is one of only seven superspeedways of two miles or greater in the United States. The track became known as the “World’s Fastest Speedway” in 1973 when Mario Andretti set a world closed-course speed record of 214.158 mph while qualifying for an Indy car race. The record stood for 12 years. In this footage, cars zoom by and spectators watch from the stands.