Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

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4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN, USA

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum Reviews

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Indy 500 May 24, 2011
The Indianapolis 500 Museum is inside the 500 track; you have to drive under the race track to get to it. The charge to get in is minimal (I already forgot what it was, so it must have been cheap). We came here for part of our

Indianapolis TravBuddy meetup activities.

The museum contains all but three of the Indy 500 winning cars (they are celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year). The cars are all lined up with a sign describing each car, its driver, and what year it won. Seeing the cars in person, especially when you've been accustomed to seeing NASCAR's stock cars in person, was surprising because they seem so small...almost like toys. I guess the TV makes them look so much larger.

Besides the winning cars of the 500, they have a large collection of trophies, pictures, and displays of track-related items. There is a replicated car (minus the engine) that you can sit in for taking pictures. If you need to buy some gifts, there is a big souvenir shop inside the museum.

We were planning to ride around the track on a bus for more picture-taking, but they weren't doing that on the day we were there. You can't really get any good pictures of the track from the infield where the public is allowed. Before you leave the museum, make sure you sign the guest book!
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Tamanawas says:
. . . thanks for the review!
Posted on: May 24, 2011
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Africancrab Africanc…
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The Ultimate Indianapolis 500 Winning Car Museum May 07, 2011
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of Indianapolis’ landmark attractions. It draws thousands of visitors to Indiana each year for the Indy 500 race. The Speedway also referred to as the Brickyard, was named so because in years past the race track was covered by bricks. Jeremy (Vulindlela), Jerome (castex21) and Jen (jenmarie09) who were the hosts for the Indianapolis Travbuddy Meet-Up decided to include the tour of the Speedway in our tour over the weekend. I was definitely excited about it, and it was the only landmark I took time to research prior to my travel to Indiana.

This year, the Indianapolis 500 race will take place on May 29th. Because of this, we were unable to actually take the tour of the speedway as it was closed in preparation for the coming race. For the race lovers, it will be exciting to note that the legendary driver Forty will be driving the 100th anniversary of the 500 Pace car.

Since we were not able to take the bus tour of the speedway, we toured the Hall of Fame Museum. Admission was $5 per person. Now, I’m not a fan of speed racing even though I will sit and watch he Formula one races with family. The $5 was a worthwhile fee for what we saw and read about. You think you know someone that loves adrenaline? Well you should see the speeds posted beneath the names of the 500 Race drivers going as far back as the 50s. In 1987 the State of Indiana named the Speedway Track a National Historic Site.

A photo op is available to have your photo taken in one of the race cars; we managed to get one as a group. Inside the museum is the ultimate collection of Indianapolis 500 winning car collection. I took shots of the winning car of the year I was born, it was incredible to see how advanced and mechanically superior they were even back then.

The speeds registered during the race are hard to imagine without thinking how fatal the race can be. The fastest qualifying speed was 231.468 in 1996 by Buddy Lazier, but the Race Speed track recorder holder still remains Arie Luyendyk who’s raced at 185.981 in 1990. All drivers who have been inducted in the hall of fame are listed on the wall with their qualifying and race speeds and which car they won the race with.

Outside the museum are 2 gift shops were you can purchase gift items and souvenirs. As we left the museum, I could not help but feel like I have lived such an uneventful life, when compared to these guys who risk anything in the name of winning.

I highly recommend visiting the Museum, and taking a tour of the race if you can. Perhaps after May 29th if you find yourself in Indianapolis, you can take the bus tour.

PS: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can accomplish today!
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vulindlela vulindle…
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The Racing Capital of The World Jul 24, 2008
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway(aka The Brickyard) is what draws visitors to our city. The nickname is due to the track once being covered by bricks. The starting lane still has a strip of brick.

The Indianapolis 500 race is the largest single day sporting event in the world and is held Memorial Day Weekend of every year. The first race was held in 1911. Another big race is the Allstate 400, which is an annual NASCAR race. The Speedway used to host the only Formula 1 race in the USA from 2000-2007. The seating capacity is 257,000 plus there is room for over 100,000 more in the infield area. The track has been a National Historic Site since 1987.

There are a couple of large gift shops for souvenirs too.

The museum is open everyday except Christmas. The hours are 9am to 5pm.

The cost to visit the museum is $3 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-15. Children under 6 are free. You can also take a lap around the track on board a bus for a separate fee of the same ammounts.

The lap was a lot of fun and I highly recommend it!

A visit to the Museum is a must for any fan of racing, but it is also a fun time for folks like me who don't really know too much about it.

I will admit that I am a fan of Milka Duno. What guy wouldn't be?
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Tamanawas says:
I guess our meet up was too close to the Indy 500 events for the track to be open for the bus tour. . .
Posted on: May 24, 2011
bkretzer says:
The museum sounds like a must see!
Posted on: Sep 10, 2009
Andy99 says:
Nice review!
Posted on: Aug 15, 2008
FishAtHeart FishAtHe…
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A Great Place For All Motor Sports Fans Apr 19, 2008
A visit to the city of Indianapolis wouldn't be complete without a trip to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Hall of Fame Museum. Even if you aren't a huge fan, this is priced resasonably and worth a look. The speedway is listed as a National Historic Landmark with the National Park Service. The track is owned by the Hulman family.

The speedway is located west of the downtown area. I was surprised that it is surrounded by city streets and not out in the open. The entrance to the museum is unique in the fact you drive down and under the track and come up out in the infield area! The bleachers are sitting right next to the road. Parking is free.

It was suggested to us we take the $3 bus tour of the track first. Not a long tour, it is worth the money. When the track is not being used for testing or competition purposes or closed by inclement weather, you board an air-conditioned bus, and listen to narration as the driver circles the famed 2.5 mile track once. You will learn about the speedway from the early years until the present. Points of interest noted were the luxury suites, golf course, the famous "yard of bricks," the familiar tower showing the placing of the cars during the race, the pagoda at the start/finish line, the new safer barriers, and pit road. The bus brings you back to the museum at the end of the tour.

Admission to the museum is also $3 (there is a AAA discount). The building is full of race cars and memorabilia along with cars of yesteryear. Inside the doors, you will find the 500 race cars of A.J. Foyt, Eddie Rickenbacker, Danica Patrick, and other winners of races held at the speedway such as Tony Stewart's Nascar from the Brickyard 400. There is a mock garage of Foyt from back in the 60s. Trophies, helmets, fire suits, and other priceless items with most of the items donated by former participants. Beautifully restored antique cars are displayed along with vehicles built in the Indianapolis area. You can look at the details of the Borg-Warner trophy. Winners of the 500 each May will have their name and likeness engraved on this very large trophy. In the theatre, a 30 minute highlights film is played at no additional charge.

One of the fun things to do is sit in an actual chassis of a 500 race car. For $5, the attendant will take a picture for you to take home. If you have your camera with you, they will allow you to take your own picture. It is actually very interesting seeing first hand just how much room you don't have in one of those race cars.

Each driver inducted into the Hall of Fame is pictured one of the walls. Race fans will recognize names such as Foyt, Andretti, and Unser. On the opposite wall across the museum are pictures of all the winners of the Indy 500.

The Official Trackside Gift Shop is located within the Hall of Fame Museum. This is the place to buy your T-shirts, banners, posters, and other items officially licensed Indy 500, Brickyard 400, and other race merchandise.

As I left, I could just imagine those famous words - "Ladies (if appropriate) and Gentlemen - Start Your Engines" coming over the loadspeakers! This May the track will be alive with action getting ready for the annual running of the Indianapolis 500. Though not a huge fan of the Indy car circuit, I'm really glad we took the time to tour the speedway and museum!
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shirlan says:
Definately something Andrew would love to see
Posted on: Apr 30, 2008
fireboss says:
Great review!! It has been a while since I've been there, but I would go again. Especially based on your review!
Posted on: Apr 24, 2008
bkretzer says:
Great review! I will make a point of checking this out when I finally get to Indiana!
Posted on: Apr 22, 2008

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