Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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.
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway History
over a century ago back in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the first of its kind: the first 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. Fisher had previously helped friends who raced in France. He saw firsthand 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. It was a helium gas-filled balloon competition, which attracted a crowd of around 40,000 spectators!
speedway has come a long way since then. The 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.
Considered to be the "Crossroads of America," Indianapolis is where the interstates of
65, 69, 70 and 74 meet. It is the state capital and the largest city in Indiana, and is also celebrated as the "Racing Capital
of the World." Besides car racing, Indianapolis offers visitors plenty to do and see. The Indiana State Museum is one of the
most beautiful in the nation, offering everything from dinosaur exhibits to World War II exhibits to a hall devoted to the
famous Indiana Hoosiers. Indianapolis also hosts a number of art galleries, opera houses, classic and traditional music centers,
performing arts centers and dance repertories, including the Indiana Repertory Theatre which hosts the Dance Kaleidoscope,
a modern dance troupe. And, if music is your thing, there are several venues in Indy that peddle rock, hip-hop, Top 40, blues,
jazz and soul music - with one of the most popular being the Verizon Wireless Music Center. As Indy's biggest outdoor amphitheater,
the center overflows with music from May to September.
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Seating
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. The Rose Bowl, Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium, the
Roman Coliseum and Vatican City could all fit inside the IMS oval.
It has 26 bridges, six tunnels and 17 grandstands.
If the seat boards from the grandstands were placed end-to-end, they would stretch 99.5 miles. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
is equipped with a permanent seating capacity that rounds out at about 257,325. Currently it is the highest-capacity stadium-type
facility on the planet!
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