The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway, Indiana, USA, is home of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race and the Brickyard 400. It has existed since 1909, and is the original Speedway, the first racing facility so named. With a permanent seating capacity for an estimated 257,325 people, it is the highest-capacity stadium-type facility in the world.
When the first motorsports competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway took place in 1909 in the form of motorcycle races, the original surfaced of crushed stone and tar proved problematic. The owners of the track then paved the track with more than 3 million bricks, giving rise to its nickname: “The Brickyard.”
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Considered relatively flat by American standards, the track is a two-and-a-half-mile, nearly rectangular oval with dimensions that have remained essentially unchanged since its inception: four 1/4-mile turns, two 5/8-mile long straightaways between the fourth and first and second and third turns, and two 1/8-mile short straightaways, termed “short chutes,” between the first and second, and third and fourth turns. The Oval (pictured left) is 2.5 miles (4.02 km) in length banked at 9 degrees. The Road Course (pictured middle) is a 2.605 mile (4.19 km) course with 13 turns. The Bike Course (pictured right) is a 2.621 mile (4.22 km) 16 turn course.
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