In the Gallery essay for the spring issue of Environmental History, Annie Gilbert Coleman races us around, and then slows us down, the Indy 500. By analyzing historic photographs of the iconic Speedway between 1913 and 1981, Coleman illustrates how extreme technology at the racetrack has masked the nature all around it—inside the careening cars, across the grassed infield, and embodied in the tens of thousands of spectators who make the pilgrimage each year to Indianapolis. Ultimately, Coleman argues that motion and speed across environments, and the sensory experiences such movements engender, intensely shape how we experience and think about nature.

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