The Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened in 1909 and has become one of the most famous racetracks in the world since then. The racetrack is located 8 miles west of Downtown Indianapolis and features a 2.5-mile rectangular track as well as a Formula One Grand Prix and Moto GP Grand Prix layout. The speedway holds a capacity crowd of 400,000 and has 235,000 permanent seats.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is most famous for hosting the Indianapolis 500, which made its debut in 1911. The Speedway also has been the home of the NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 since 1994. Additionally, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway served as the site of the Formula One United States Grand Prix from 2000 to 2007. In 1975, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1987 the racetrack was designated a National Historic Landmark.