Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp,
4790 West 16th Street
Indianapolis IN 46222

Tel: +317 2412500

Distance: 2.5 miles (Oval), 2.604 miles (Grand Prix Track)
Banking: 9-12 degrees

How To Get There

Use I495 around the city to exit 16. Follow Speedway Avenue to the track on the left.

Where To Stay


Speedway Motel, 4400 W.16 St., Indianapolis, IN. Tel: 317 241-2392.

Quality Inn, 5860 Fortune Cir.W., Indianapolis. Tel: 317 248-0621.

Indianapolis - A Brief History

The 2.5 mi. Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened in 1909 as an automotive testing and competition facility when the car industry was thriving in Indiana. Its first races caused the track's crushed stone and tar surface to break up badly. The surface was immediately repaved with 3.2 million bricks. It has been known as the "Brickyard" ever since (most of those bricks remain under the modern asphalt surface). 3 race dates in 1910 gave way to just one spectacular race in 1911, when the Indianapolis 500 was born. The Indianapolis 500 marks its 78th running on May 29, 1994. It has always been scheduled for the Memorial Holiday except during the 2 World Wars. In 1994, a new tradition begins with the Inaugural Brickyard 400 for NASCAR Winston Cup stock cars on Saturday, August 6.

Carl Graham Fisher (a cyclist and daredevil who helped to create the first car headlights and rear-view mirrors) was the Speedway's founder, together with business partner James A. Allison (also involved together in Presto-lite), and the idea of the circuit was established after Fisher was riding one day with his cycling friends. However, he sold it to WWI flying ace Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker in 1927. Rickenbacker sold it to Tony Hulman of Terre Haute Ind. in late 1945. Early in Hulman's tenure the Indianapolis 500 came to be known as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing". Hulman's daughter, Mari Hulman George, today is IMS Chairman. Her son, Tony Hulman George, is IMS President, Under the Hulman George family's leadership, the Speedway's facilities are constantly replaced and modernized to ensure its historic stature as "The Greatest Race Course in the World" and "The Capital of Auto Racing".

In 1999, Tony George agreed with Bernie Ecclestone to hold the new US Grand Prix, and a new Grand Prix track was built within the oval, incorporating turn 1 was a right hander. This was used until 2007.

For 2008, a Kevin Forbes designed 2.601 mile circuit was constructed to hold a round of the Moto GP series on the 14th September. It largely used the Grand prix circuit, but ran in the opposite direction and with a change to the first corner.