Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world's largest spectator sporting facility. It plays host annually to three events in three major racing series: Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (IZOD IndyCar Series), Brickyard 400 (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) and Red Bull Indianapolis GP (MotoGP World Championship). The Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 take place on the 2.5-mile oval, while the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is contested on the 16-turn, 2.621-mile road course.
Established in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has long prevailed as an icon of motorsports excellence. Beginning in 2009, the Speedway celebrated its Centennial Era, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the facility in 2009 and the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2011.
This celebration of two important milestones spanned three years and included several unique and historical events. Visitors to the Speedway during the Centennial Era saw not only a focus on its rich history, but a strong emphasis on looking ahead to the future.
One of my favourite places on the planet! The Indy 500 is such an iconic race. The atmosphere here is second to none and, as a racing enthusiast as well as a sports fanatic, there is no better place to take in a live event. Love the month of May, and this facility. The first time I heard Jim Neighbors sing 'Back home in Indiana' live is forever grained in my memory! If you haven't attended the 500 here, do yourself a favour and book your trip!
Last weekend my family visited the museum and we were fortunate enough to meet Mr. Larry Crouch. I had asked him how many races he had attended and his response was nothing short of amazing. Mr. Crouch has been involved in about every facet of racing and was nice enough to explain his life experiences in racing. I recommend that everyone should see the museum and maybe you will get to meet Mr. Crouch and you will understand what I mean. Thank you Mr. Crouch for taking the time to speak to me. You are an amazing man!
We decided too see the famed speedway and found it a couple of miles from the interstate. It was super cool having listened to races while young I dreamed of getting here and I was thrilled to visit it. I seen in person the race cars I heard about and discovered the stories behind them. The museum was filled with all sorts of memorabilia and was paying tribute to Tony Stewart and his achievements in all sorts of race cars. The track itself is larger than it appears on TV and impressive. We both thoroughly enjoyed this stop in our travels throughout the US. You probably will if you ever had any interest in motor racing.
One of my favorite places on earth. They have more and more every year. Every Hoosier needs to make it out to an event at least once a year. It can be a race, a concert, a light show, a test/practice day, golf, community event, or just a visit to the awesome museum. You owe it to yourself to go see this place.
Such an awesome experience! I had never been out there for the lights at Christmas time but it was a unique experience and I can only hope to go back again! The staff at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is always friendly and helpful. They know how to get large crowds in and out safely. I would definitely recommend going to see the Christmas lights if you haven't before and we will definitely make this a part of our family traditions!
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