One of my husband's favorite sport activities to watch is car races. He has been to Indy 500 almost as many years as we have been married; we’ve been married for 39 years. On top of that he has also attended several Brickyard 400 races. Me, on the other hand am not a big fan of car races but I do like the look of old cars. To me they have character, something I don’t find in many of the newer cars. So when we decided to go to Indianapolis for a quick getaway, we chose the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum as one of the places to re/ visit. The museum is within the famed 2.5-mile speedway.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was constructed in 1909 and has a permanent seating capacity of 257,325. It is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world. The track is a 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km) rectangular oval with dimensions that have remained essentially unchanged since its construction. It has two 5⁄8-mile-long (1,000 m) straightaways, four geometrically identical 1⁄4-mile (400 m) turns, connected by two 1⁄8-mile (200 m) short straightaways, termed "short chutes", between turns 1 and 2, and between turns 3 and 4. In the years 2000, 2008 and the again in 2014, the course layout has been modified and modernized. These modifications now accommodate motorcycle racing. Altogether, the current grounds have expanded from an original 320 acres (1.3 km2) on which the speedway was first built to cover an area of over 559 acres (2.3 km2). In 1975 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, it is the only such site to be affiliated with automotive racing history.
In addition to the Indianapolis 500, the speedway also hosts NASCAR's Brickyard 400 and Lilly Diabetes 250. From 2000 to 2007, the speedway hosted the Formula One United States Grand Prix, and from 2008 to 2015 the Moto GP. But the Indy 500 or Indianapolis 500 is what has brought fame to this speedway.
The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, which comprises three of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world, also including the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The inaugural race was held in 1911 and was won by Ray Harroun.
In 1956, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum was opened and houses the Hall of Fame. It is intrinsically linked to the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400, but it also includes exhibits reflecting other forms of motorsports, passenger cars, and general automotive history. On display in the museum are about 75 cars at any given time. With floor space totaling 37,500 square feet, only a small portion of the total collection can be displayed. Frequently, cars are sent on loan for display at other museums, historical car shows, parades, and other activities. (source & source)