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Indianapolis Motor Speedway

 
 
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mbowyer, 2006
1. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Marker
Inscription.  
Constructed in 1909, the Speedway has contributed significantly to the advancement of automotive technology and development of safety devices. It is unchallenged as the world's oldest continuously operated race course and the site of the largest one-day sports event anywhere. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dedicated on the 59th running of the "500," May 25, 1975.
 
Erected 1975 by Presented by Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. (Marker Number 49.1975.2.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSports. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1888.
 
Location. 39° 47.393′ N, 86° 14.022′ W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. It is in Speedway. Marker can be reached
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from 4th Street. Marker is in front of the Hall of Fame Museum, inside the oval. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis IN 46222, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A.J. Watson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Allison Machine Shop (approx. 0.6 miles away); WWI Aviation Repair Depot (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Pathology Building (approx. 1.8 miles away); Pathological Department / Old Pathology Building (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
 
Also see . . .
1. Indianapolis 500. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on October 7, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Centennial Era. Speedway website entry (Submitted on April 13, 2006.) 

3. Indianapolis Motor Freeway Hall of Fame Museum. Museum website homepage (Submitted on April 13, 2006.) 
 
The front of the Speedway museum. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mbowyer
2. The front of the Speedway museum.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jamie Abel, March 19, 2010
3. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Marker
A wider view of the Hall of Fame Museum building, opened in 1976 in conjunction with the country's bicentennial. The marker stands front and center.
Just a few of the many cars on display in the museum. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mbowyer
4. Just a few of the many cars on display in the museum.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jamie Abel, March 19, 2010
5. Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The current Control Tower, the fourth erected at the speedway, stands just across the infield from the museum. Below the control center, the tower provides luxury suites and a garage for pace cars.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jamie Abel, March 19, 2010
6. Indianapolis Motor Speedway
At the southwest corner of the track's exterior stands the entrance sign, boasting the famous image of the speedway, the "Wheel & Wings."
<i>Just Before the Start, Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1930
7. Just Before the Start, Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana
The tower or pagoda visible here was the second built (ca. 1926), replacing the original built in 1913.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 7, 2006, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,764 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 7, 2006, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana.   2. submitted on April 12, 2006, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana.   3. submitted on January 22, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.   4. submitted on April 12, 2006, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana.   5, 6. submitted on January 22, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.   7. submitted on September 7, 2015. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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