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On December 15, me and my dad went up to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. Located between turns 1 & 2 of the historic track, the building features artifacts, cars, and much more telling fans the history of the speedway and, most notably, the Indy 500. Other series are featured there, too, but the 500 is rightly so the main part. The museum also has a theater and track tours are offered. Here is my story, complete with photos I took while there. Enjoy!!!

After a usual morning, me and my dad left our house to go have lunch at a restaurant in Indy. A few minutes after finishing our meals, we arrived at the speedway. A nice thing about the track is that it's central to the city; you can reach it from just about anywhere. As we drove down West 16th Street and pulled into the under-track tunnel that led to the infield, I marveled at the size of the facility. I had to remind myself that I had been there probably a dozen or so times before (as the trip is an annual thing that me & my dad do for my birthday). However, I just can't seem to get over the enormity of the track, no matter how many times I've been there. Passing the ticket office on our left, we went to park. From our space we could see turns 1 & 2; in fact, we were only about 60 yards from the surface where my racing heroes thundered. The museum itself is beautiful, an architecturally amazing building. As I went up the wide stairs leading to the main entrance, I saw the tour buses waiting to hit the track, the nearby in-track restaurant, and the massive LED screen that plays replays during race weekends. Coming into the structure, the gift shops were on our left and right. Me and my dad decided to get the full package at the front desk, which included the museum/HOF and a track tour. For the next hour and a half, we marveled at the 67 Indianapolis-500-winning cars, hundreds of trophies, along with smaller artifacts that changed racing history. We saw Ray Harroun's 1911 Indy 500 winning Marmon "Wasp", the fastest electric car ever made, along with the prestigious Borg-Warner trophy and Brickyard 400 trophy, just to name a few. Did you know that the statue of the man waving the checkered flag on the Borg-Warner trophy is naked??? I didn't, I probably missed it last year, haha. We then went to the Tony Hulman theater, where we watched a 20-minute presentation, detailing the history of IMS and exploring the interesting performances in the track's history, like when Louis Meyer started the tradition of drinking milk in Victory Lane in 1936, or when Juan Pablo Montoya became the first person to race the Indy 500, Brickyard 400, and the Formula 1 race at the track in 2010. From the museum we went of one of the 3 speedway-operated buses, which took us around the famed 2.5-mile oval. We listened to a recording as we went along the track, which told us about the things around the speedway, like the Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort, or the IMS Pagoda. As I said before, I have been here many times, and my total of laps is up to about 8 or 9, I believe. When we were done with that 15-minute ride, we concluded our trip at the two highly-decorated gift shops that any racing museum would be proud of.   ;)

If any of you are ever in the central Indiana area, a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is a treat no one should pass up. Below are some of the pictures I took. There are two reasons I'm posting them there instead of in this article. One, my computer is giving me problems and won't let me post them in the article (the main reason). Two, by posting them in sections in the comments, you can comment on them more specifically (the positive of the main reason). Have fun!!!

 

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Comment by Duhhub on December 16, 2011 at 6:06pm

The tour bus

The back straightaway

Part of the infield road course

Turns 3 & 4

The famed pagoda

Victory Lane

The yard of Bricks

All the way to the garage

Scoring pylon

Comment by Duhhub on December 16, 2011 at 5:52pm

The Borg-Warner trophy

Close-up of the Borg-Warner trophy

Various race trophies

The Brickyard 400 team trophy

Brickyard 400 driver's trophy

Wheeler-Schebler trophy


Comment by Duhhub on December 16, 2011 at 5:43pm

Entering the track

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

Just some of the many cars on display

More cars

Ray Harroun's 1911 Indy 500 winning ride

Johnny Rutherford's 1980 Indy 500 winning ride

John Andretti's Inaugural Brickyard 400 competing car

John Sweikert's 1955 Indy 500 winning ride

A MotoGP racer

Inaugural Indy 500 pace car (also the first ever pac

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