Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway History

Built over a century ago back in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the first of its kind: a facility strictly built and named for racing. Indianapolis businessman Carl G. Fisher was the original visionary behind the idea of building a speedway in Indianapolis, as he saw first-hand Europe's trailblazing efforts when it came to car design and craftsmanship. Fisher then set out to find a site to build his track, and after persuading three other partners to join in on his quest, they bought the Pressley Farm for $72,000. Thus, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway company was born, and construction began in the spring of 1909.

The inaugural event hosted at the speedway took place on June 5, 1909 and was a helium gas-filled balloon competition, which attracted a crowd of around 40,000 spectators. This speedway has come a long way since then, and this track has seen some of the most tremendous racing events ever recorded in history, such as the famous Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, a string of NASCAR events and the International Race of Champions. If you've never made it out to see a great event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but you love racing, you have no idea what you've been missing.


Indianapolis Motor Speedway Events

Coined as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is 200 laps on the 2.5-mile oval, covering 500 miles. Serving as the home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has also hosted a half marathon, an LPGA event, a Brickyard Crossing Championship, a Champions Tour event and even a speed roller skating competition. Once you're there in the middle of a nail-biter that is still very much up in the air, you'll see why it doesn't get any better than watching racing at this level, as you just can't duplicate the experience from home no matter how hard you try.


Indianapolis Motor Speedway Trivia

Did you know that American drivers won the Indy 500 every year from 1919 through 1964?

Even though international drivers did well before 1919, with French, British and Italian drivers taking the checkered flag, American drivers started a period of dominance in 1919 and never looked back, winning every race until the U.K.'s Jim Clark finally won in 1965.


The Experience

Sure, you can watch the Indianapolis 500 happening on television, but there is nothing in the world like being at this event in person. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) has a total acreage of 1,025 acres, which includes the track, Brickyard Crossing Golf Course and all parking lots. Parking takes up 750 acres with the IMS oval taking up 253 acres. Equipped with a permanent seating capacity that rounds out at about 257,325, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has become one of the iconic racing tracks both domestically and around the world. If you've never made it out to see the action for yourself, you have absolutely no idea what you've been missing, as the buzz of the track gets taken to the next level when some of the best drivers in the world battle for the checkered flag at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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