IMS Opens New Digital Archive

Indianapolis, IN — The Indianapolis Motor Speedway just opened its 111-year archive for race fans around the world to learn more about the extensive heritage of the Racing Capital of the World.

Photo: IMS Museum

Through historical features and photos, the IMS Digital Archives highlights some of the track’s biggest moments in a decade-by-decade chronology. And IMS Historian Donald Davidson shares his unparalleled knowledge of the Speedway in both oral and written history pieces. The multimedia content is optimized for mobile devices, including phones and tablets.

Released April 14 are stories of the speedway’s start in 1909 when IMS’ four founding fathers — Carl Fisher, James Allison, Arthur Newby and Frank Wheeler — pooled their resources to build a testing ground for Indianapolis’ growing automobile industry. Each Tuesday for the next 13 weeks, IMS will release a new decade in chronological order — so be sure to check back Tuesday, April 21 for highlights of the 1910s and then each following week as more content is made available.

With IMS well into its second century, it’s impossible to highlight every moment of its rich history. However, the Digital Archive prominently features some of the most significant moments that have defined the facility, the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard.

“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has hosted some of the greatest champions, pioneers and innovators in auto racing, motorcycle racing and aviation competition history,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “It’s important that we honor our history and show our race fans where we come from as we grow into the next generation as a modern racing facility.”