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Racing was born in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which is the world's largest spectator sporting facility in the world and host to three annual major racing series - Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, Brickyard 400, and Red Bull Indianapolis GP. The total seating capacity including the stands and the infield is approximately 857,000. Located in Speedway, Indiana, the track is a two-and-a-half-mile and considered to be relatively flat yet high-banked by Europeans. The Indianapolis 500 race checkered flag is used both by Indianapolis and Indiana as a badge of identification, marking everything up during the month of May until the race.

Built in 1909 by Carl Fisher, James Allison and partners on a 328 acres land just outside of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has since grown to become a modern facility legendary in the world of racing. It was originally built to serve as a testing facility for Indiana?s growing automobile industry. The track links four turns, each exactly 440 yards from start to finish, by two long and two short straight sections. Through the years the racetrack has undergone numerous renovations and improvements yet the dimensions remain unchanged since its inception.

The Indianapolis 500 has been held in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1911, with exception of when the United States was involved in the two world wars in 1917-18 and 1942-45. The Indy 500 is the nation?s best-attended sports event with an average crowd of 400,000. Through eight decades of racing, Indy cars have changed enormously.

Anything and everything pertaining to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its transformation since its inception can be experienced by visitors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Among the museum?s highlights include Harroun?s first winning car, the ?50s front wheel drive roadsters, the ?60 rear engine models, and modern ground effects cars. Also featured are more than 30 historic vehicles that actually won the Indy 500.
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