Indianapolis motor speedway is situated in Speedway Indiana USA. The home of two major events named Brickyard 400 and Indianapolis 500. It is in Georgetown Road at its sixteenth street which is almost 6 miles away from Downtown Indianapolis West. It has a capacity of 235000 permanent fans seats. It is owned by Hulman and Company. It is operated by Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation which is a subsidiary of Hulman and Co. Track’s ground broke on 15th March 1909, about 107 years ago. It was opened for the racing events on 12th August 1909, about 107 years ago in the same year when the ground broke. Its construction cost was $3 million US dollars which is now the $73 million US dollars in 2016.
Architects of this track include; James A. Alison, Carl G. Fisher, Arthur Newby and H. Wheeler. It has different course with different length and turns. It has Rectangular Oval Track with a surface of asphalt and bricks with a length of 2.5 miles and having total 4 turns. Turns have the banking degree of 9.2 and straight track are flat with Zero banking degree. Grand Prix Road Course has asphalt surface with 13 turns but its length has been changed from time to time; from 2000 to 2007 it had a length of 2.605 miles, from 2008 to 2013 it had a length of 2.534 miles and in 2014 and now on it has a length of 2.439 miles. It also has a motorcycle course having asphalt and brick surface with a length of 2.621 miles. It has 16 turns. Rectangular Track has a lap record of 237.498 mph made by Arie Luyendyk in 1996 at IRL IndyCar Series. Grand Prix Road Course has a lap record of 133.546 mph made by Rubens Barrichello in 2004 in Formula One Series.
Major events of Indianapolis Motor Speedway include; Verizon IndyCar Series; Indianapolis 500-Mile Race and Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; Brickyard 400 and NASCAR Xfinity Series; Lilly Diabetes 250.
World and National events occurred at the time when this track opened includes; William Howard Taft wins Theodore Roosevelt as the President of America in the month of March. National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was opened. North Pole was reached by Robert Peary, Matthew Henson and four other explorers. Magnetic South Pole was claimed to be founded by Ernest Shackleton’s expedition. RMS Titanic’s Construction begun.
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