Fairgrounds in Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Indiana State Fairgrounds Mile
The Indiana State Fairgrounds Mile is often lauded for the significant part it has played in Indiana racing history, as well as the nation’s. One of America’s earliest auto racing sites, it gained world renown on June 29th, 1903 when Barney Oldfield became the first driver to run a stunning 60mph on a closed course. Since that epic day racing’s most acclaimed drivers have raced here, including A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Al Unser Sr. Roger Ward, Bob Swelkert, and Pat O’Connor.
The events held here were as storied as the stars who raced in them. The State Fair Century Stock Car Race. The Gold and Glory Sweepstakes, a premier race for African American drivers excluded from other competition in the 1920’s. The Hullman Hundered. And one of racings renowned events, the Hoosier Hundred. At one time second only to the Indianapolis 500 in prestige and purse, the Hoosier Hundred remains today a part of the “Hoosier Mile’s” compelling motorsports legacy.
Erected by Indiana Racing Memorial Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
Location. 39° 49.74′ N, 86° 7.85′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. It is in Fairgrounds. Marker can be reached from East Fall Creek Parkway North Drive, 0.2 miles north of 38th Street, on the left when traveling north. The marker stands in the Indiana State Fairgrounds, on the north side of the track, inside Gate #6. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1202 38th St, Indianapolis IN 46205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marshall "Major" Taylor (approx. half a mile away); Newby Oval (approx. 1.3 miles away); North Meridian Street Historic District (approx. 1.4 miles away); Booth Tarkington (approx. 1.4 miles away); Home of Charles Warren Fairbanks (approx. 1.9 miles away); Crown Hill Confederate Cemetery (approx. 2.1 miles away); Hinkle Fieldhouse (approx. 2.2 miles away); Joseph W. Summers Memorial Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 21, 2021, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.