Indianapolis Motor Speedway History
For more than one hundred years, Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the most
important and beloved raceway in the country, possibly the world. Known as "The Brickyard", Indianapolis Motor Speedway has
been the site of some of the sport's most important races and all of the biggest names in racing have competed on its hallowed
ground. The raceway was the dream of Carl G. Fisher, an entrepreneur and auto racing aficionado, who was looking to build
a raceway in America that rivaled the ones he saw in Europe. The first automobile races took place in August 1909 and the
history of the track reads like a who's who of racing. When at capacity, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest sporting
venue in the world, accommodating over 400,000 fans on raceday. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the only race track listed
as a National Historic Landmark and it makes the Indianapolis 500 the most important race of the season. Like The Masters
and a day game at Wrigley Field, a trip to Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a visit to the most iconic venue in the sport and
cannot be missed.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Events
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a two and a half mile
track that sits just 6 miles from downtown Indianapolis. Every year, over a million fans attend races at the venue that features
much more than just the track. Fans can golf at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course and spend hours at the IMS Hall of Fame
Museum that highlights all of the amazing moments that took place at the legendary track. The biggest event of the year is
the Indianapolis 500 every Memorial Day Weekend. The Indy 500 is known as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing", and is regarded
as one of the three most important racing events in the world. The race began in 1911 and features 200 laps on the two and
a half mile course. The Brickyard 400 is another famed event that takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway each year.
The event has been held at IMS since 1994 and is always NASCAR's most popular event for fans to attend. Over 250,000 racing
fans fill The Brickyard every year, and the race was recently made a part of a whole weekend of events known as the Super
Weekend at the Brickyard. The Brickyard 400 is the only NASCAR event currently held on a Sunday and fans will not want to
miss the chance to enjoy three epic days of racing action.
As the capital of Indiana,
Indianapolis is the center of culture, finance and action in this beautiful state. With over 250 acres of lush parks, waterways,
museums and theaters known as White River State Park, Indianapolis has a downtown that is known around the country as one
of the finest. With Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lucas Oil Field, Indianapolis features to of the finest sporting venues
in the country.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Trivia
Why do Indianapolis 500 winners drink milk when they
arrive at the winner's circle?
In 1936, Louis Meyer was photographed drinking buttermilk after his victory and vowed
to do it again when the Milk Foundation featured the picture in the newspaper. The winner has followed suit every year since