The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an iconic race track located in central Indiana, famous for the annual Indy 500 race and the IndyCar Series. Its 2.5-mile rectangular oval track has long straight stretches and tight turns, making for exciting racing action.
Nearest track of a similar category is Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (320 kilometers away).
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) was constructed in 1909 and originally built as a test facility for the automotive industry.
The first ever race held at the IMS was the 1910 Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, making the track the original home of what is now known as the IndyCar Series.
The track is so large, it was given its own zip code of 46224.
Over 400,000 people attend the Indianapolis 500 every May, making it one of the largest single-day sporting events in the world.
The IMS is the only racing circuit in the world to host an annual Formula 1 race since its first race in 2000.
The circuit has a total length of 2.5 miles (4.02 km) and consists of four turns, each with their own unique characteristics.
The IndyCar Series has used the traditional “oval” version of the track for most of its races over the years, but recently has added a “road course” configuration to the mix, allowing for a much more diverse type of racing.
The IMS Museum houses artifacts from the past races and drivers, including a race car from each of the Indianapolis 500 winners.
The track is home to the famous “Yard of Bricks”, affectionately known as the original starting line of the Indianapolis 500.
The “500 Festival” held each May brings 500,000 people to downtown Indianapolis to celebrate the race and the history of the Indy 500.