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Gentlemen, Start Your (Freight) Engines

In 1911, the first long-distance auto race in the United States was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Today, while the Indianapolis 500 continues to be the most popular auto race in the world, it is Indiana’s booming steel industry that serves at the economic underpinning of the state. And, with the resurgence of the domestic automotive industry, Indiana’s automakers rely on railroads to ship steel into their plants and finished automobiles out. Freight rail helps keep Indiana’s economy speeding along.