Carl Fisher was the original founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909. Two years later, on May 30th, 1911, the first Indy 500 race was held. Paying a one dollar admission 80,000 people were in attendance to watch the “International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race.”
The Indy 500 has been held annually every Memorial Day weekend since 1911. It is the largest single-day sporting event. The race did not take place in 1917-1918 and 1942-1945 during America’s participation in World Wars.
Speedway, Indiana is home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Indy 500 race is on a 2.5 mile, paved, oval track covering 500 miles, which is 200 laps.
Festivities usually begin a week before the race and include lavish parties and celebrations.