How Big Is Inidanapolis Motor Speedway? [Solved!]

Many cities have one (or more) automobile race track(s) that they are immensely proud of. Atlanta, Georgia, for example, is most famous for its very own Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves. Other cities have taken to naming rights; the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is named after the City of Las Vegas itself, for example. But there is another type of track—the inner-city or “local” track—that is just as important, if not more so, than the well-known “out-of-town” tracks, and it goes by a somewhat unusual name: Inidanapolis Motor Speedway. In this article, we will discuss the ins and outs of this infamous asphalt oval.

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The first thing that you will notice about Inidanapolis is that it is relatively small. At less than 400 yards in length, it is one of the smallest oval racetracks that you will encounter. When compared to others, one of the more prominent differences is that it is quite narrow; you can fit a whole lot of cars (and trucks, too) within its bounds. Another unique aspect about the track are the walls and the banks—there are no grandstands or bleachers on which to sit and watch the actual racing take place. Instead, the spectators watch the action from either the right lane or the left lane of the racetrack, with the median strip serving as a “wall” between them. This type of setup is known as “grandstand oval racing,” and it was first introduced to the United States in the 1950s, when the Indianapolis 500 was moved to the newly completed track. It was a way for locals to enjoy the big-city excitement of the Indy 500 without having to deal with monumental traffic jams or being trapped in pollution.

Like any other motorsport facility, the track is surrounded by garages and service stations, which means that there will be a lot of activity and noise outside of the track itself. Also, like any other motorsport facility, security is a major concern, especially considering that the track is located in a prominent urban area. The safety of the drivers and the event itself is the responsibility of the organizers, and the police will be out in full force to ensure that everything is going smoothly. So, while there is a certain degree of danger and unpredictability associated with automotive race events, the perks (and the fun) make it well worth it.

The Historic Track

The history of Inidanapolis is as glorious as its name would have you believe. The track was first constructed in 1922 by a local entrepreneur named William H. Langdon. He originally built it as a speedway for automobile enthusiasts and racing teams. With a little less than a decade under its belt, Langdon died suddenly of a ruptured aorta, at the age of 47. His widow continued to operate the speedway (then known as “Langdon Speedway”), and eventually renamed it Inidanapolis after their late husband. In addition to hosting automobile races, the track saw a large number of local high school and college sports teams, as well as motorbike and track bike racing. The track’s first big event was the inaugural Indianapolis 500, which was held there in May 1950. Since then, it has been the host of various motorsport events, including ARCA races, NASCAR, and the Grand Am series. Even the AMA Grand National Championships were held there in 1968 and 1974. The track really came into its own in the 1960s, when it became a popular venue among motorcyclists, and also served as a major testing and exhibition site for the Ford Motor Company. These days, Inidanapolis is most famous for its IndyCar races, which take place in the summer and typically see over 20,000 people in attendance per event.

The Track’s Layout

The track’s location in Inidanapolis is another thing that makes it special. It is situated at the corner of Mulberry and Riverside, a couple of blocks away from I-70. This intersection is close to the center of the city and is one of the main arteries that lead to, and from, the airport. For this reason, the track sees a lot of thru traffic and is one of the more heavily used routes in and out of town. This is important, as the track’s asphalt surface is not exactly the best when it comes to grip for long periods of time, especially in the wet. This makes the track unsuitable for long-distance driving, nor is it built to accommodate the size of buses or trucks. So, if you are planning to drive on this surface, make sure that you have the tires and the power of a small car.

The Track Equipment

The track’s equipment is even more rudimentary as compared to other, more established speedways. For starters, there are no guard rails along the track, and while most venues will have turnstyle pits, they are basically non-existent at Inidanapolis. The reason for this is that the track is too small to accommodate them, and also because there is never any kind of separation between cars coming into a turn. This is why the wall along the track, on which the spectators sit, provides the only protection the drivers and the general public have. Also, while there are a number of grandstands and seating areas along the outside of the track, there is no such thing as a hospitality area, or “grandstand suites,” either. This is also due to the track’s small size, as well as the fact that the entire area is surrounded by fencing, which prevents anyone (including the drivers) from getting too close to the track.

The Track Facilities

Another important factor to consider when determining the “size” of any race track is its facilities. Does it have a good enough starting line and adequate pit stops? Does it have an area for the drivers to change clothes before and after the race? Are the restrooms and water fountains in good condition? These are all important questions, and the less you have to ask yourself about these items the better. The track has a very basic, yet functional, starting grid, which is comprised of a single stripe (with two lines painted on it) down the middle of the track. This stripe serves as the start/finish line for the event, and all cars must pass through it before they can make their first official lap. After the race has ended, the stripe will disappear, and the cars will be allowed to exit the track in any direction they please. This is why the track is nicknamed the “magic mile.” The “official” starting grid for the IndyCar races is on the right side of the track as you face the grandstands. But the starting line is not well marked, and it is often hard to estimate where to line up. This means that the cars will inevitably start running at times when they are not yet in their proper place, which can lead to accidents. The pits at Inidanapolis are also quite small, and only allow for two or three cars to be serviced at a time. A standard pit stop takes about eight minutes, and in today’s race environment, where cars are constantly changing hands (and gears), this can easily add up to a few extra minutes, per stop. This is why the pit stops are so important, and why the entire team works together to ensure that the cars are always well-stocked with fluids and tires.

The Safety Of The Athletes And Spectators

The safety of the athletes and the spectators at Inidanapolis is a major concern, as the city is located in a very dangerous part of the country. Just within the last year, there have been several serious accidents at the track. In April 2018, a tire exploded and caused one of the drivers to suffer burns over 60 percent of his body; he died a few days later. Just two months before that, another accident (with a similar outcome) nearly took the life of an 18-year-old female spectator. Still, the track’s organizers (along with their insurance carrier) are working hard to ensure that everything is safe and secure.

Considering all of this, it is no surprise that the track is considered unsafe by many. But the track’s popularity and high traffic figures make it nearly impossible to ignore. Hopefully, the organizers will be able to keep the track safe in the face of these high speeds and big crowds, and continue to enjoy one of the most exciting motorsport seasons in the country.

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