It’s sad to see an iconic venue close. The I 80 Speedway has been an integral part of the Midwestern United States since 1950 and has witnessed some of the most significant moments in motorsport history. It was home to the legendary Triple Crown races – the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, and the Labor Day Classic – and became a mecca for automotive enthusiasts due to its unique combination of vintage cars and flat tracks.
The venue closed its doors for the final time on April 13, 2018. While the story of the I 80 Speedway is sad, it’s also incredible to see how far racing has come since then. Today there are several other racing facilities that Midwesterners can flock to, including:
- The Milwaukee Mile
- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 400 at the Chicago Motor Speedway
- The Labor Day Classic at the Michigan International Speedway
- The Crown Royal 400 at the Gateway Motorsports Park
- The Kroger Pro Cycling Classic at the Union Cycling Club in Indianapolis
- The Fort William Racecourse
- The Crown Royal Race at the Kentucky Speedway
This is why we at Classic Car Dealer care about the legacy of the I 80 Speedway and the other tracks that it inspired. We want to thank all of the drivers, pit crew members, and patrons that made the I 80 Speedway such a special place. As motorsport evolves, it will be interesting to see which tracks become obsolete and which ones keep up with the times.