Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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4790 W 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN, USA

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A National Historic Landmark May 06, 2011
As part of the Indianapolis Travbuddy Meet-up group, we all made a trip down to the Motor Speedway. I had never visited Indianapolis; this was a first for me in the city as well as to the speedway. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is home to the famous and renowned Indianapolis 500 Race. The race became popular through the years and is held annually since 1911. The original track, well still the same track was built in 1909 and is considered the world’s oldest continuously operating motor race course.

I was shocked that I had lived in the United States this long and never heard of the Indy 500. But that is because I watch Formula One races more often. The Indy 500 is the single largest day sporting event, and its race tracks the largest and oldest in the United States.
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Wishing to Vroom! May 17, 2010
The Brickyard has been the premier motor car racing facility in the United States since it opened in 1909. It has gone through a myriad of changes, each one improving safety but the track itself, a two and a half mile oval with four one quarter mile ninety degree corners has stayed basically the same. And even though it has gone through many changes, it has had only three owners since it began. The last change came in 1945 when Tony Hulman purchased the decaying facility for $750,000. Cars today reach speeds during practice and qualifying of over 235 mph (380 km), but it hasn’t always been that way. Crushed rock and tar was the surface when first opened, but that was determined to be very poor and in the fall of 1909 3.2 million bricks were laid on top of the original surface. Then in the mid to late 1930 asphalt was laid over top of the bricks and in areas that had gotten rough. In October of 1961 the track was completely resurfaced using asphalt with the exception of a three foot wide area in the middle of the home stretch which has always been the start/finish line. It has been resurfaced 5 times since then. We were able to take the tour of the facility during the month of May when preparation and qualifying sessions are being run. Unfortunately, it was raining the day we were there so there was no practice going on. We were able to get right out on the track at the start finish line, walk the pit area, and check out some of the garages and areas that are used for vendors. There were also race driver vendor trailers parked and open for business. There is also a museum tour on the grounds, but we didn’t take it. The only thing better would have been there on a sunny day while qualifying was going on, or at the race itself!
This years pace car.
The winners circle.
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sUrAbUyA says:
Trying to catch up on more of your blogs.

When we were here once we also did the bus tour around the track. We agreed we could then all tell people "I have driven at the Brickyard" (and then very softly - "in a bus"
Posted on: Dec 15, 2010

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