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Indianapolis Motor Speedway

With the Indianapolis Motor Speedway serving as home to the world’s two largest single-day sporting events, as well as the largest Formula One race in the world (the economic equivalent of hosting three Super Bowls in a single year), Indianapolis unquestionably is the “Racing Capital of the World.”
Motorsports in Central Indiana is a significant local industry, paying more than $425 million in annual wages and employing nearly 9,000 workers. Add in the presence of the National Hot Rod Association’s national drag racing championships and a full menu of stock, sprint and midget car racing, Indy is unchallenged in its passion and support for life in the fast lane.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

To test and showcase automobiles at the turn of the last century, entrepreneur Carl Graham Fisher and three other investors conceived the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and arranged for its construction. Completed in 1909 and initially paved with bricks — hence, its nickname “The Brickyard” — the 2.5 mile oval began to host automobile and motorcycle races.

Under the post-World War II ownership of Anton “Tony” Hulman and now his grandson, Tony George, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has grown into the largest spectator sporting facility in the world with more than 250,000 permanent seats.
The speedway plays host to the Indianapolis 500 and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the two largest single-day sporting events in the world.

The Racing capital of the world - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Racing capital of the world - Indianapolis Motor Speedway



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