There are several interesting facts about Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Car Racing in general. Such as….
If an Indy Car engine were installed in the average riding lawn mower, it could cut a half-acre lawn in about 5.6 seconds.
The reserved seating capacity for the Indianapolis 500 is around 235,000, but the infield can hold an additional 165,000ish, making it the highest sports capacity venue in the world!
The average cost to sponsor an Indy Car hovers around the $9 million dollar mark. I’m sure that sends a shiver up this polar bear’s spine!
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the largest sports venues in the world. In fact, it has been said that it could comfortably house five famous landmarks from around the world with room to spare. These landmarks include Yankee Stadium, the Rose Bowl, Churchill Downs, the Colosseum in Rome and Vatican City!
Built in 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the third oldest sports venue in America, behind Churchill Downs (1875) and Saratoga Race Track (1863). Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and designated a National Historic Site in 1987, it is the only such site to be affiliated with automotive racing history.
Fun facts aside, the excitement in the air was evident on our pre-race visit. The track was abuzz with staff preparing for the 100th running of the Indy 500, doing anything from stocking concessions to sweeping the bleachers, from performing sound checks to answering inquiries. As we strolled around, drinking in all the sites and sounds, that positive vibe was indeed contagious; a vibe that I’m sure has been a part of this tradition since its inception!