The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the most recognizable sporting venues in the world. The multi-purpose stadium in Indianapolis hosts some of the biggest sporting events, such as the Indianapolis 500 and the NCAA Final Four. The track’s website states that the stadium is three-and-a-half miles long and one mile wide.
While the track is impressive, how many miles is it really? Is the speedway just a few hundred yards or a few miles? How many rows are there in the grandstands? These are some of the most common questions about the iconic track. Let’s explore.
The Track Is 3.5 Miles Long
According to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway website, the track is three-and-a-half miles long and one mile wide. It consists of four straightaways – the first and third are called the “main straightaways” while the other two are referred to as the “shaving lanes’ – and four left-handers. The backstretch extends the length of the track, making it six and a half miles long. If we include the backstretch and the pits in the calculation, then the total distance is eight miles.
The track is on the north side of Indianapolis, so it is visible for miles around. Drivers can get a great view of the track from the IMS Hall of Fame museum. The main entrance to the venue is near the start/finish line, and there is plenty of parking. Fans can get a taste of racing culture at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since it is home to the Hall of Fame, where some of the greatest drivers in history are enshrined. The venue also offers guests to take a look at up-close-and-personal experiences with some of the greatest athletes in history.
The Standings Are Still Up-To-Date
One of the perks of being a season ticketholder at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is that one’s team receives up-to-date standings throughout the year. Teams can track their season’s progress and know how they measure up against the rest of the competition. Currently, the top five are separated by just four points, which means there is plenty of room for the drivers to make up some ground before the season is over. The standings for this year’s Indianapolis 500 are available at this link.
The Grandstands Are Eight Rows Deep
The grandstands are eight rows deep at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is a lot of sitting. The track is three-and-a-half miles long, so even the deepest pit row will only be a few hundred yards from the podium. The upper deck is covered, so it provides shade for those in the hot Southern Indiana sun. The best part is that it is extremely well-stocked with food and drink vendors. Rows 1 to 8 stretch along the back straightaway, with Row 7 being the deepest. Those in the top five finishers’ seats will be closest to the action. The rest of the bleachers are still on the other side of the track. They do not provide any good viewing angles and are only there in case of emergency.
How Do You Measure The Distance From Point A To Point B?
One of the things that make the Indianapolis Motor Speedway so special is that it measures the distance from Point A to Point B in such a unique way. Points A and B are located along the back straightaway, approximately 1,000 yards from the start/finish line. Instead of using traditional measurement methods, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway bends the normal rules of geometry to accomplish their ends. The track is designed in a way that the odd angles created by the lay of the land lend themselves to precise measurements. For example, the entire backstretch is at a 90-degree angle from the start line. This makes it easy to judge the exact distance from the start to the finish line. Since the track is three-and-a-half miles long, one could conceivably run a lap and know the exact distance traveled. Another neat trick is that the track has switchback turns and multiple lanes, which makes it easy to keep track of lap times. It certainly is an ingenious way to keep track of time, and it makes the track more interesting from both a technical standpoint and an entertainment perspective.
The Pit Lane Is One Of The Most Famous Stretches Of Road
The pit lane is one of the most famous stretches of road in North America. It is located along the back straightaway and extends one mile from the start/finish line to the camping lots, where teams and drivers change vehicles before the race. From the moment the cars leave the staging area to the time they cross the start/finish line, fans have an opportunity to get a look at their favorite cars. The cars’ owners, mechanics, and drivers all wave to the crowd as they go by. It is not uncommon for fans to get a little wet in the process and have a bit of a splash with the drivers as they go by.
Since the pits are located along the back straightaway, it is easy for fans to get a great view of everything that happens there. It is no secret that the pits are one of the more interesting parts of any Formula One race. During the race, drivers often come out to chat with the fans or give them an update on the status of their car. It is interesting to note that while the Indy 500 has the largest starting field of any single-day sporting event in the United States (350 cars), the Daytona 500, which has the second-largest field, does not contain the same amenities as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Perhaps because Daytona is a two-day event where fans must camp out overnight or travel elsewhere to find food and drink. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is well-known for being the place where drivers from around the world come to shine.