The Indy 500 race is the crowning achievement for motorsport racers. Home to the Auto Racing Hall of Fame, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum honors these legendary personalities.
Located on the grounds of the racetrack, the Indy 500 museum welcomes fans to explore the rich history of automobiles and racing.
Indianapolis Speedway Museum
IMS Museum is for racing fans of all ages. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the Indianapolis 500 museum is considered among the most highly visible museums of its kind in the world. Exhibits include motorized vehicles from many series including IndyCar, NASCAR, and Formula One.
The VIP Grounds Tour
Go behind the scenes with an insider’s tour of the track, “Yard of Bricks,” Victory Podium, the garage area, a Gasoline Alley suite, and the museum.
The first competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway featured balloons, not race cars.
On June 5, 1909, the track served as a launch pad for The Great National Balloon Race. A reported crowd of 40,000 spectators gathered to watch eager balloonists take to the skies.
Six gas-filled balloons entered the competition, and the winner landed 382 miles away in Alabama.
Just how massive is the IMS? Yankee Stadium, the Rose Bowl, Churchill Downs, the Colosseum, and Vatican City can all pack neatly inside the enormous oval.
The celebratory Indy 500 drink is milk. Legendary driver Louis Meyer, who won 3 times, routinely took swigs of buttermilk while standing in Victory Lane.
Stay Close to the Museum
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is situated just outside downtown, less than 5 miles from JW Marriott Indianapolis.
A trip to “The Greatest Race Course in the World” is a must-see for motorsports fans and out-of-town guests can enjoy an authentic Hoosier experience. Our well-appointed accommodations are directly connected to the skybridge, offering convenient access to many of Indy’s best attractions.