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Indianapolis Motor Speedway History

Updated: May 13, 2005, 3:22 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 home to this May's 89th Indy 500.

 

 

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 tests ...

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