You may have heard of the Indianapolis 500. Probably the most iconic sporting events are held there annually. However, there is another race that is just as important that takes place in May – the Arizona Indy 300. This article will tell you more about the history of the speedway, its current size and its future.
A Brief History Of The Speedway
The history of the Indianapolis 500 actually begins with the birth of professional racing in the United States. The first organized auto race was held in May 1915, and it was an immediate success. It was called the Indianapolis 500, and it became an annual event soon after. The first race was won by Louis Meyer, and it was officiated by former governor Jim Harless.
The success of the Indianapolis 500 led to the creation of other racing leagues. One of the first was the American League, which consisted of races across the country. Its first race was held in Chicago in 1926, and it was won by Barney Oldfield. However, the biggest race of the year was in fact the Indy 500. It was the first year of the American League, and there were only three other races held that year – the Vanderbilt Cup in New York, the Indianapolis 500, and the Boston Marathon. Hence, the Indy 500 was regarded as the Super Bowl of racing.
In 1931, the Indianapolis 500 was canceled due to the Great Depression. However, after the stock market rose, professional motor racing returned. The American Automobile Association also realized the financial potential of holding a national championship, and the Indy 300 was born. It was held at Riverside Park in Phoenix and was won by Louis Meyer. One of the great things about the Indy 300 is that it provided a great display of talent that went on to become famous names in racing history. These names included Bill Vukovich, Louis Meyer, and Al Unser. In fact, Al Unser won the first four Indy 300s before winning the race in its traditional home in front of thousands of fans in 1965.
Size And Demographics Of The Current Speedway
The current Phoenix International Raceway is a 4.4-mile road course that is often used as the proving ground for upcoming NASCAR drivers before they hit the big time. It has also hosted the Indy 300 on numerous occasions. The capacity of the track is 100,000, and it was designed with future expansion in mind. After the track was renovated in 2011, it was increased to 110,000. This is likely due to growing popularity and its status as the last stop on the IndyCar calendar before the big race in Texas the following week.
However, even with this increase in capacity, it is still smaller than the original 100,000. The demographics of the track are also different, as it has attracted a more mature audience. In 2015, the average age of attending spectators was 44 years old, as opposed to 38 at the time of the Indy 500. In 2020, it will be 42 years old.
These are all important factors to consider if you are interested in going to a NASCAR event. The numbers may not appear impressive, but you have to remember that this is still America, and most of the attendees are there to support one of the country’s most popular sports. It is also important to note that the average age of spectators at NASCAR events has decreased over the years. In 2015, it was 46 years old. In 2012, it was 53 years old.
Where Will The Speedway Go From Here?
The Indy 600 is an important event because it is the final race of the year and the unofficial end of the IndyCar season. Every driver wants to win this race and collect his or her championship title. As a result, the track is usually crowded with former champions and high-profile drivers looking to put on a good show for the fans. However, the Indy 600 is also the most expensive ticket in the series, so only the rich can afford to attend.
In 2020, the track will be celebrating its 100th anniversary, and it will be organizing a variety of events to celebrate. A highlight will be the appearance of Mario Andretti, who will be driving one of his many famous and beloved cars. This will be an important milestone for the track, and it will be interesting to see what events they organize to mark this special occasion.
Organizers of the Indianapolis 500 want to hold an important contest to find a suitable driver to replace Ryan Hunter-Reay, who announced that he was retiring from racing at the end of this year. Hunter-Reay won the last five Indy 500s, and this will be the first time since 1994 that the trophy has gone unclaimed. Interested parties should submit their resumes by October 15th, and the winner will be announced by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, the track is also looking for volunteers to help with various functions during the year. If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact them via the website at www.phoenixraceway.com or by phone at (602) 257-0300.