The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is celebrating a milestone today as Tuesday 20th March 2019 marks 110 years since Carl G Fisher and his business partners James Allison, Arthur Newby and Frank Wheeler founded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on March 20th 1909.
The circuit was built to allow the automotive industry to test their vehicles as the era of the motor car developed rapidly.
The inaugural Indianapolis 500 took place on May 30 1911. The race was won by Ray Harroun. The Speedway was closed during the United States involvement in the second world war and when it re-opened in 1945 it was under new ownership with Tony Hulman having purchased the Speedway for $750,000.
The circuit remains under family ownership with the Hulman George owning the venue. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 which was won by then IndyCar rookie Alexander Rossi.
This year’s race takes place on May 26 and for tickets and race information visit – https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/
Paddock Eye wishes the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY. There are just 67 days until the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.