The Grass Strip

In 1957, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway underwent a major improvement along the frontstretch pit lane. Prior to 1957, the pit area was located along the inside of the mainstretch, and was not physically separated from the racing surface. Cars would simply pull over to the inside to be serviced. In the interest of safety and … More The Grass Strip

Green folding chairs

There is just something about those green folding chairs that we will all miss. The ongoing grandstand renovation project will eliminate most of these nostalgic green chairs. They date back to the 1950s. They replaced wooden chairs that were once used for the same purpose. They were used in the Penthouse upper decks (E stand, … More Green folding chairs

The new garages are…over 30 years old!?!

First published in 2016 Consider yourself somewhat fortunate if you had the privilege to see first-hand the old garages that stood at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway until 1985. The iconic green and white barn doors defined Gasoline Alley for many decades, including what most consider the “golden age” of Indianapolis. But as we approach the … More The new garages are…over 30 years old!?!

Happy Birthday JI500!

Happy 17th birthday JI500! The original Johnson’s Indy 500 went online on this day, August 6, back in 1998. Thank’s to the venerable internet Way Back Machine, we can still get a glimpse of what it once looked like in the dark ages of the “world wide web.” Times certainly have changed.