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Indianapolis Motor Speedway History

Updated: May 14, 2004, 10:52 PM ET

The world's greatest race course, built on the northwest fringe of Indianapolis in 1909 as a proving ground for automobiles, has been an important factor in the development of the present day motor car as well as the scene of 80 International 500-Mile classics.

 

 

An overhead shot of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, taken from the Goodyear Blimp in 1996.

Many refinements embodied in our modern cars can be traced directly to high-speed ...

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