Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum In 2006, it celebrated its 50th anniversary. The museum dates back to 1956, and moved to the current building in 1976. Karl Kizer became the first curator.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is an automotive museum on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, United States, which houses the Auto Racing Hall of Fame. It is intrinsically linked to the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400, but it also includes exhibits reflecting other forms of motorsports, passenger cars, and general automotive history. The museum foundatio

n possesses several former Indianapolis 500-winning cars, and they are regularly rotated onto the display floor exhibits.The museum is independently owned and operated by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) organization. It is located in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway race course, and is open year-round.HistoryThe first museum at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was completed April 7, 1956 It was located on the southwest corner of the property, outside turn one of the famous oval, at the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road. Its exhibits included Ray Harroun's 1911 Indy 500 winning car, and a handful of other vehicles. When it opened, it only had six cars. Within a number of years, dozens of collector cars were being donated and acquired. It did not take long for management to realize that the building was of insufficient size. According to Speedway publicist Al Bloemker, by 1961, the museum was seeing an average of 5,000 visitors per week (not including month of May crowds).


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