From Oval To Global
A legend in the Indianapolis 500 racing lore, James A. Allison was one of the four original founders of the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which opened in 1909. Allison went on to establish the Speedway Team Company to support his Indianapolis 500 racing activities, thereby laying the groundwork for the company that would become Allison Transmission.
Allison Speedway Company opened its doors with James A. Allison at the helm. Known for exceptional quality and workmanship, Allison challenged employees to deliver on this promise, “Whatever leaves this shop over my name must be of the finest work possible.”
During World War I, Allison committed his shop and resources to supporting the United States war effort.
The Speedway Team Company changed its name to Allison Engineering Company in 1920. In 1929, a year after the founder passed, Allison Engineering was sold to GM.