New Exhibit at IMS Museum Highlights Indiana’s Short Track Heritage

Indianapolis, IN — The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum will celebrate Indiana’s grassroots racing history with “Hoosier Thunder: Indiana’s Short Track Heritage,” opening Nov. 8. It will replace “The Amazing Unsers: From Albuquerque to Indianapolis,” which closed Oct. 28.
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Through displays of numerous modern and vintage United States Auto Club Midget, Sprint Car and Silver Crown race cars, plus memorabilia on loan directly from drivers and team owners, along with very rare items in the IMS Museum collection, “Hoosier Thunder” will tell the stories of the many drivers and families — with surnames including Carter, Darland, Elliott, Kenyon and Kinser — who have made short-track racing a way of life. It also honors the drivers, including Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman, who have raced in Indiana on their way to successful racing careers.

“If you’re racing on short tracks in Indiana, it means you’re racing against the best of the best, as far as new and veteran talent,” said Stewart. “I learned more racing in 30-lap features on dirt and paved ovals than I did the rest of my career. It’s where I learned how to set up handling, take care of my equipment, and just learned what it took to win.
The “Hoosier Thunder” exhibit will remain open until April 21, 2019. VM’s Fritz Frommeyer will have more information in his upcoming “Museum Piece” column.