How big is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? Everyone knows the track is a 2.5 mile oval but how much space does that really take up? The IMS facility covers 1,025 acres on the west side of Indianapolis. In addition to combined infield and stand seating for 400,000 there is the garage area, the IMS Museum, gift shops, concession areas, four holes of the Pete Dye designed golf course inside the track with another 14
holes outside the track's fences, and parking for hundreds. If you start at turn four, I can tell you from experience it is going to take you at least a half hour to walk at a steady pace to the Pagoda behind the start/finish line. 101 years after being built the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is still the place to be, the place to race, and the place that every driver wants to win whether they are in an Indy Car, Indy Lights, IROC, Formula One, a Stock Car, on a Motorcycle, or on foot for the mini-marathon held as part of the Indianapolis 500 Celebration each month of May.
Photo 1: Getty Images: Cars -- stock cars -- line up for a 100-mile race in 1910.
Photo 2: Indy Club, Indymotorspeedway.com
Photo 3: indianapolismotorspeedway.com