How Big Is The Indianapolis Motor Speedway? [Answered!]

I grew up in rural Indiana and have always been a fan of cars and racing. It started at a young age, when my dad would take me to races at local tracks, and eventually I got to drive a few laps around the track myself. About halfway through my senior year of high school, I got my first job at a local tire shop, which was basically just cutting tires for people who wanted new tires mounted. It wasn’t a bad job, but it wasn’t exciting, and I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life. I took a year off to work at a garage in Kentucky, where I did all the oil changes and fluid changes for racecars. It was a cool job, and I made lots of money, but I didn’t really like what I was doing; it was more like a hobby. About a month after I got back from my year in Kentucky, I received a phone call from an HR rep at Indiana University inquiring about my application. He asked me if I was interested in a job at the school, and I said “yes, please!” Even though I didn’t end up going to Indiana University because they didn’t have a mechanical engineering program, they were the best at what they did, and being able to work in a garage setting was exactly what I wanted. After I graduated high school, I moved back home and continued working at the tire shop. It was a cool job, because I did get to work on some pretty cool cars, but I was bored out of my mind.

The Evolution Of The Indianapolis Motor Speedway

In 2005, a group of businessmen and -women that included John Henry, the majority owner of the Boston Red Sox, got together and decided to build a racetrack in Indianapolis. It was going to be called the Circle City Speedway, and it was going to be the first indoor/outdoor track in the United States. A year later, in 2006, the track was renamed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and had its grand opening. Since then, it has grown significantly.

The main reason for the Circle City Speedway’s failure, as well as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s success, is the same: money. Circular tracks are more expensive to build than traditional oval tracks, and it’s not easy to find the investors that want to fund something like this. It was a lot of hard work, and it took a lot of patience, but Henry was able to find the right people and was able to convince them that his vision for the track was going to be a reality.

Even then, back in 2006, Henry knew that not everybody was going to be happy with the changes he was making. One of the things he said in an interview for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway website was, “People are going to have to get over their fear of thunderstorms,” he added. “They’re not going to like it when I tell them we have to close the track in the summer because it rains a lot in August.”

A Look At The Numbers

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a massive undertaking. It was built with a budget of around 450 million dollars, and it has a capacity for around 200,000 spectators. In comparison, the Richard Petty Driving Experience, which is an annual pass that allows you to get a professional driver to take you around a racetrack in a simulator, costs around 20,000 dollars, and has a capacity for around 10,000 spectators.

Despite its size, however, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway isn’t one of the most popular attractions in town. In fact, if you look at the top ten highest-rated things to do in Indianapolis on TripAdvisor, nine of the ten attractions are related to either nature or history. The only current event on the list is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, followed by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and the Indy Hall of Fame. Even the sight of the track on game day doesn’t bring in the most visitors. Only 2.5 million people per year visit the track, and around half of those people are there on game day. That’s only.75 of 1% of the total population of Indianapolis.

The Ultimate Bucket List: Things To Do At The Speedway

I’ve always been a fan of lists, and the lists for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway just keep getting longer. If I had to pick a top ten things to do at the Speedway, it would probably look something like this:

Watch A NASCAR Race At The Speedway

If you’re unfamiliar, NASCAR is a racing series that’s mostly for grownups and is one of the biggest sports leagues in the United States. It’s been around for more than eighty years and is considered to be the grandfather of all racing leagues. The races at the Speedway are usually on Saturdays, and the first three events in the season—the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400, and the Fox River Point 400—are some of the biggest races of the year. If you’re a fan of NASCAR and haven’t been to the Speedway, it’s high time you should visit Indiain the next time they have a race. If not, you can always follow the action through the internet or on TV.

Attend A Concert At The IMS

To be honest, I’m not much of a concert goer, but I know a lot of my readers are, and they’re probably also into alternative music. If you ask me, there are just two types of concerts: good and bad. The former are unforgettable and, in my opinion, don’t deserve a bad rating; the latter are just noise until the point where they deviate from the note they were singing or playing on. For that reason, I don’t usually rate concerts, but there is one exception: the annual state fair concert. It’s usually the first weekend in August, and it’s an incredibly beautiful and hauntingly quiet place to hear music. The only downside is that most of the concerts at the State Fair are free, which means you have to find something to purchase before the concert. Still, it’s a once-a-year opportunity to hear some incredible live performances, so, as long as you’re not planning on spending a lot of money, it’s probably not such a bad idea.

Visit An Attraction Or Museum That’s Off-Peak Season

Most people think of museums when it comes to attractions in Indianapolis, but there are a lot more options than you’d think. Even the ones that are on-peak season—that is, they’re open all year round—can be a lot of fun. One of the best things you can do in Indianapolis is to spend a day or an entire afternoon at an attraction that’s not open seasonally. It might not be the most original suggestion in the world, but it’s a place that a lot of people have yet to visit, so it doesn’t exactly hurt to suggest it: the Indianapolis Art Museum (open 9 am – 5 pm, Tuesday-Sunday). It has over 200,000 sq.ft. of exhibits and almost 300 pieces of art from around the world, so even if you don’t have the whole day, you’ll get your money’s worth. And if you do have the whole day, the museum has an indoor-outdoor theater, where you can see a play, a concert, or a comedy show.

Have Dinner At An Ambitious Restaurant

Restaurants at the Speedway almost always fall into one of two categories: Italian and burgers. One of the best places to have dinner is the Track Kitchen, which serves burgers and has a huge range of microbrews on tap. And if you thought that the food at the Speedway was just average, you should try the out of the ordinary cocktails at the Blue Ribbon Restaurant. The downside is that both places are a bit pretentious, and although it might be a fun night out for a group of friends, it’s not really something to write home about.

Take A Tour Of The Speedway

One of the things that make the Indianapolis Motor Speedway unique is that you’re not only allowed to take a tour of the actual track, but you’re also allowed to walk around and look at all the different parts of the complex. It’s an incredible feeling to walk around the entire track and look at all the different elements that went into its construction. There isn’t a single part of the complex that isn’t beautiful, and the tour guides are usually very knowledgable about the subject matter, too. It’s not something that’s easily forgotten, and I’d recommend it to anybody who’s even remotely interested in cars or motorsport.

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