Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Also known as: Indianapolis Motor Speedway National Historic Landmark, The Brickyard
4790 W. 16th St., Speedway, Indiana



Photo taken by Michael Miller on November 24, 2016

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)




Constructed in 1909, this is the only reasonably intact early 20th-century high-speed auto race course in the country, and the oldest continuously operated automobile race course anywhere. It has long been the premier auto racing site in the United States: Since 1911, it has been the site of the Indianapolis 500, one of the largest single-day spectator sporting events in the world. The Speedway has also made significant contributions to automobile design, performance, technology, and safety. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, February 27, 1987

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 7, 1975
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Motor Racing Circuit
Areas of significance
Industry; Landscape Architecture; Engineering; Transportation; Entertainment/Recreation; Invention
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Road-related; Sport facility
Current functions
Road-related; Sport facility
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1900-1924; 1975-2000; 1925-1949
Significant years
1909; 1911
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 4
Contributing structures: 18
Contributing sites: 2

Update Log 

  • November 28, 2016: New photos from Michael Miller