On March 20 1909, Carl G Fisher, James Allison, Arthur Newby and Frank Wheeler founded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
The circuit was originally built as a testing ground for the motor industry.
The very first Indianapolis 500 took place on Tuesday May 30 1911. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has produced incredible racing over the years.
The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented PennGrade in 2016 was won by then rookie Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda.
American Ray Harroun took victory in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 with circuit co founder Carl G Fisher serving as pace car driver.
Today the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the NTT IndyCar Series are owned by Roger Penske.
In a statement on Twitter on Friday evening, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J Douglas Boles said:
111 years ago today, the 4 founders signed the articles of association that started @IMS. Article III of that doc states why we exist: “To … own, maintain, ornament and improve places … for shows and exhibits and speed and other tests of motor cars … “ Happy Birthday