Hall of Fame Museum

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Explore the Rich History of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Auto Racing!

The Hall of Fame Museum, located five miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis on the grounds of the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is recognized as one of the most highly visible museums in the world devoted to automobiles and auto racing. In 1987, the Speedway grounds were honored with the designation of National Historic Landmark.

The late Tony Hulman and Karl Kizer, the Museum's first director, established a museum in 1956 to display race vehicles and memorabilia, principally associated with the Indianapolis 500 race. The first Museum building was located at the southwest corner of the Speedway's property where the Speedway's Administration Building now stands. It was large enough only to display a few vintage race cars. Before long, it was obvious something more substantial was needed.

During 1975, Hulman built the larger, more modern Museum facility within the Speedway oval, its opening coinciding with the United States Bicentennial celebration in 1976. Constructed of pre-cast cement and Wyoming quartz, the Museum’s display space measures approximately 30,000 square feet. The building also houses two gift shops owned by the Speedway, the track's retail photography store, and other offices.

The Auto Racing Hall of Fame was established to perpetuate the names and memories of prominent personalities for their outstanding contributions to the sport of racing and to the development of the entire automotive industry. Organized in 1952 by the American Automobile Association, the Hall of Fame admitted inductees in 1952, 1953, and 1954. Operations were suspended until Tony Hulman revived the Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1962. He moved it from Detroit to Indianapolis, where it joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s offices at the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road.

Early each year, a committee of racing historians, representatives of the media, veteran members of the racing fraternity, and officials of the United States Auto Club select the year’s inductees. In May, the Auto Racing Hall of Fame honors these outstanding contributors to auto racing – including drivers, chief mechanics, automotive engineers and designers, team owners, journalists, historians, and racetrack officials. The Museum is home to a display of the names of the Hall of Fame members and are working on a project to present detailed information on each inductee both in the Museum and on this website. Watch for details to come!

As noted below, the Museum’s collection encompasses race cars from many series: IndyCar, NASCAR, Formula One, Sprint, Midget, motorcycle races, and drag racing. It also includes a variety of passenger automobiles, many of which were manufactured in Indiana by companies that once had ties to racing. These include spectacular examples of Duesenberg, Marmon, and Stutz marques, as well as Ferrari, Mercedes, and a variety of other European passenger car makers. The collection encompasses motorcycles, dragsters, and vehicles that have set world land speed records at various points in history, including Craig Breedlove’s Spirit of America Sonic I.

About one quarter of the Museum's estimated 135,000 annual visitors tour the Museum during May, the month of the annual Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

Museum Admission
  • Adults $8
  • Youth (6-15) $5
  • Children (5 and under) FREE

There is a gate admission fee to the Speedway grounds during race events and the fee does not include museum admission.

Hours & Contact Info

The Hall of Fame Museum is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Open:

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (ET) March - October.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (ET) November - February.

For more information, contact the museum welcome desk at (317) 492-6784.

Track Tours

Track Tours (1 lap on the 2.5-mile oval track in an IMS bus, narrated) are available on any day except for when there is racing, testing, special events, construction or when winter weather conditions prevent use of the track.

  • Adults $8
  • Youth (6-15) $5
  • Children (5 and under) FREE

 

Special Tours May 19 - 20, 2015

Track Lap and Stand on the Yard of Bricks!

Have you always wanted to stand on the famous “YARD OF BRICKS” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? If so, then on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, you will have that opportunity.

A limited number of tours will be available on the 20th at 10:15 am, 12:15 pm, and 2:15 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings Time (same time zone as New York, one hour ahead of Chicago).

You will take a lap on the track in a bus and get off of the bus at the yard of bricks. A guide will accompany the group, provide information about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and be available to answer your questions. Be sure to bring a camera; photos are allowed!

Tickets are:

  • Adults $15
  • Youth (6-15) $10
  • Children (5 and under) FREE

To participate, please come to the Hall of Fame Museum and sign-up in the lobby on the 20th. The opportunity is on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any questions, please call 317-492-6747.

Grounds Tours

The 60- to 90-minute conducted tour of the Speedway gives guests the opportunity to tour the oval track and stand on the famous “Yard of Bricks” at the start/finish line. The tour includes the media center, the Pagoda, the victory platform, the garage area, and a Gasoline Alley hospitality suite. The tour ends with a visit to the Hall of Fame Museum. Times, dates and the content of the Grounds Tour are subject to change due to adverse weather conditions or other activities scheduled on the track or in the buildings.

  • Adults $30
  • Youth (6-15) $12
  • Children (5 and under) FREE

Click here for more information on Grounds Tour Dates.

Special arrangements may be made for group tours (minimum of 20).

WALK AND RIDE – Limited Time Only!

For a limited time, the Hall of Fame Museum is offering a personalized tour of the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, covers all corners of the infield and a detailed tour of the Pagoda Plaza, Gasoline Alley and environs. The tour is conducted via golf cart and walking. The cost is $25 per person, and includes the tour, admission to the Hall of Fame Museum, and a history brochure. The tours will be offered from 9:30 to 3:30 (the last tour ending at 5:00) on:

  • May 12, 2015
  • May 13, 2015
  • May 14, 2015
  • May 18, 2015
  • May 19, 2015
  • May 20, 2015
  • May 21, 2015

For more information, see the tour description here. For questions, please call 317-492-6784.

Location & Directions

The Museum is located inside the track between turns 1 and 2. The entrance to the museum is located at the Main Gate (which is also referred to as Gate 2) on the north side of 16th Street, just to the east of the intersection of Polco and 16th streets. This is marked by a large, white “Hall of Fame Museum Entrance” suspended about 15 feet above the street on the west side of the entrance. Please note: If you are entering the address in GPS, you should use: 4790 W. 16th Street, Speedway IN, 46224

Directions to the Speedway:
Click here to get directions to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Parking

Parking is available at the Museum and is free of charge during days that the track is not in use for a race or other public event. During races and certain other events, Museum guests will have to park outside of the track and walk in.

To set the stage for a visit to the Speedway and the Hall of Fame Museum, the Museum offers a 20-minute overview of the track and racing history in Indianapolis in the Tony Hulman Theatre inside the Museum. The video runs throughout the day.

Museum Days May 19-20

Make sure to visit us on our Museum Days May 19-20 for fantastic events leading into the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. View Schedule of Events.

Special Exhibit: Dan Gurney Race Cars: An All American Exhibition

 

May 1, 2015 through November 30, 2015

The Hall of Fame Museum is pleased to present an exhibition of 12 race cars designed and/or driven by Dan Gurney, the quintessential Indianapolis 500 and Grand Prix driver.

Active as a driver in the 1950s and 1960s, Gurney founded All American Racers with Carroll Shelby in 1964 with the support of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, signaling its return to the sport of auto racing. This followed closely upon Car and Driver’s tongue-in-cheek attempt to draft Gurney for President in 1964. See http://allamericanracers.com/gurney-for-president/.

The initial focus was on setting up a business to build cars to run in the Indianapolis 500, but Gurney negotiated additional financing to build a Grand Prix car. This was to be the culmination of the dream he had harbored for years while driving for Ferrari, BRM, Porsche, and Brabham on the Formula One circuit. Shelby participated as a consultant to the company until 1969, when he was bought out and left Gurney the sole owner of the Company.

The first Gurney Eagles appeared at the 1966 Indianapolis 500 and were five in number. The best finish for an Eagle that year was ninth, but the cars finished well later that season in United States Auto Club National Championship events. In 1967, a Gurney Eagle graced the front row at Indianapolis, with the first victory in 1968, in an Eagle driven by Bobby Unser. Additional “500” victories followed in 1973 and 1975. In 1973, an astounding 20 of the 33 starters on the Indianapolis 500 grid were Eagles, which also filled 19 positions in 1974, and 16 in each of 1975 and 1976. The last Indianapolis 500 race for a Gurney Eagle was in 1985.

Eagles first appeared on the Grand Prix circuit in 1966 at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. After barely a year of sorting out, an Eagle scored a sensational victory at the 1967 Brands Hatch Formula 1 race in March, followed by a history-making win at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in June. “History” because Gurney was the only American driver to win a World Championship Grand Prix in a car of his own construction and only the second American driver to win in an American-built racing car. American driver Jimmy Murphy had won the 1921 French Grand Prix in an Indianapolis-built Duesenberg, which is on display at the Museum. The Eagle Formula One effort was shut down at the end of the 1968 season due to mounting expense.

Other highlights of Gurney’s career as driver, owner, and builder include the 1967 win at the 24-Hours of Le Mans with A.J. Foyt in a Ford GT40 Mark IV, a victory at the Rex Mays 300, and six USAC races from 1968 and 1970.

The Gurney race vehicles in the Hall of Fame Museum’s exhibition are:

  • 1966 Bardahl Special
  • 1967 Eagle Gurney-Weslake
  • 1968 Rislone eagle
  • 1969 Olsonite Eagle
  • 1972 Olsonite Eagle
  • 1973 STP Eagle
  • 1975 Jorgensen Eagle (Indy 500)
  • 1981 Pepsi Challenger
  • 1991-93 Eagle-Toyota MK-II GTP
  • 1999 Castrol/Toyota 997 Eagle

We extend our thanks to the following individuals and organizations for making this exhibition possible:

  • Dan Gurney’s All American Racers
  • The Henry Ford
  • Ray Everham Enterprises
  • The Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Inc.
  • Malloy Foundation Inc.
  • Craig and Susan McCaw
  • Dan and Evi Gurney
  • Kathy Weida
  • LAT USA
  • Dan R. Boyd
Approximately 75 vehicles are on display at all times, and among the featured attractions are:

 

Vehicle of the Month

The Hall of Fame Museum’s collection includes many more vehicles – by a multiple of more than five – than it can display at any one time. To better share this extensive collection with the community, the Museum will pull one vehicle out of storage each month for public viewing. The roaring racer, cool car, or vintage vehicle will be on public display for a month to be replaced by another unique vehicle.

Through May 15th:

As spring reaches Indiana, the Hall of Fame Museum is featuring the Ferrari Type-375, which showcases a 2.5 liter, 12-cylinder Ferrari engine.

Although the paint work on the display car resembles Ascari's car number 12, at the time Mauro's number 35 was white with blue numbers and lettering. Ascari did drive this car briefly during practice.

Four 2.5-liter 1951 Ferrari Grand Prix cars were prepared for the 1952 Indianapolis 500, three of which were sold to American customers. The fourth remained in the hands of Scuderia Ferrari. Future world champion Alberto Ascari passed up the Swiss Grand Prix in order to drive the "works" car, the only one of the four to qualify.

The private entries were assigned to Johnnie Parsons and Bobby Ball, plus Johnny Mauro, who drove the car on display in the qualifications for the 1952 Indianapolis 500. Although the paint of this Ferrari resembles that of Ascari's car (number 12), Mauro's car during qualifications was white with blue numbers and lettering. Ascari did drive this car briefly during practice.

Thus, the vehicle on display was one of the three Ferraris that did not qualify in 1952. Ascari’s Ferrari started in nineteenth position, but the team’s choice of wire wheels over "mags" proved costly. Ascari was forced out after 41 laps (100 miles) with a collapsed wheel just after having entered the top ten. He finished thirty-first, bringing to an end a less than stellar year for Ferrari at Indianapolis.

Mauro purchased the display car from Enzo Ferrari, and raced it at the 1952 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, where it finished tenth. Later in the year, it was entered in the Denver 100-mile race, but Mauro crashed it and did not finish. The car was returned to Italy, restored, and then returned to the United States.

Although the paint work on the display car resembles Ascari's car number 12, at the time Mauro's number 35 was white with blue numbers and lettering. Ascari did drive this car briefly during practice.

May 15th:

1972/73 Sugaripe Prune Eagle #2: May will feature a turbocharged Drake Offenhauser-powered, 1972 Dan Gurney All American Racers Eagle, owned by sportsman Jerry O’Connell and driven in 1972, 1973 and 1974 by Bill Vukovich, Jr., who finished second in the rained-shortened Indianapolis 500 in 1973. This vehicle will complement the 11 race cars included in the Museum’s special exhibit about Dan Gurney race cars, which are on display from May 1st through November 30th, 2015.

June 15th:

1950 Cummins Diesel #61: Commissioned for the 1950 Indianapolis 500 by Cummins Engine Co. of Columbus, Indiana, this Kurtis-Kraft chassis housed a 401-cubic-inch supercharged Cummins Diesel truck engine. Driven by Jimmy Jackson, who later broke several speed records with it at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, it was eliminated after 52 laps in 1950 with supercharger drive failure.

Indianapolis 500 Historic Race Cars

Our collection includes race cars that won 38 Indianapolis 500 races, of which about 30 are on display at any time. Those include:

  • The Marmon "Wasp," which won the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 with Ray Harroun at the wheel, and was featured on a postage stamp in the U.S. Postal Service's Transportation Series.
  • The Duesenberg #12 is the only car ever to win both the Indianapolis 500 (1922) and the French Grand Prix at Le Mans (1921).
  • 1964 Lotus/Ford Indy Car (in which Jim Clark qualified for the pole position)
  • 1968 STP Lotus Wedge #60
  • Four two-time winning cars:
    • Boyle Maserati (driven by Wilbur Shaw in 1939 and 1940)
    • Blue Crown Spark Plug Special (driven by Mauri Rose in 1947 and 1948)
    • Fuel Injection Special (driven by Bill Vukovich in 1953 and 1954)
    • Belond Special (driven by Sam Hanks in 1957 and Jimmy Bryan in 1958)
  • The four cars driven to victory by A.J. Foyt Jr., including his 1977 race car that represents his record-setting fourth Indy 500 win.
  • Current IndyCar chassis with The Rolling Stones Concert promotion “paint”

In addition, we are currently displaying:

  • Stoddard-Dayton which is an example of the type of vehicle that served as the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 in 1911, 1913, and 1914, driven by Carl Fisher (a founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway) on each occasion. Donated by J.B. Nethercutt.
  • 1912 Fiat, which finished in second place at the 1912 Indianapolis 500.
  • 1922 Bentley, 4-cyclinder, which finished 13th in the 1922 Indianapolis 500.
  • Novi, with a V-8 Supercharged Engine, driven by Duke Nalon and finished third at the Indianapolis 500 in 1948.
  • The Panoz/Honda with which 23-year-old fourth-place-finishing “rookie” Danica Patrick led 19 laps of the 2005 Indianapolis 500, the first female driver ever to have led any lap of the Indianapolis 500 under a green flag - full racing racing conditions.

Other American Race Series

  • 1911 Cole 30, built by Cole Motor Car Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • 1966 Ford Mark II-B, with a V-8 Ford engine, donated by Ford Motor Co.
  • 1992 STP/Pontiac Grand Prix, the NASCAR Winston Cup Stock Car driven by Richard Petty. This car was donated to the Museum by STP, a division of First Brands Corp.

European Race Cars

  • 1897 3-wheel Bollée, built by Leon Bollée. A similar car made its first race appearance in the September 14, 1896, Paris to Marseille race.
  • 1907 Italia Grand Prix Race Car.
  • The 1965 Le Mans-winning Ferrari 250 LM, driven by American Masten Gregory and Austrian Jochen Rindt.
  • The 1954/55 Mercedes-Benz Formula One streamlined race car, donated by Mercedes-Benz.
    • It's now on loan until September 2015. Check it out at the Revs Institue in Naples Florida. www.revsinstitue.org
  • 1928 Bugatti 35-B with an 8 cylinder engine. This vehicle was raced in European Grand Prix races from 1929 through 1945, earning a 2nd at Monaco in 1929, a 4th in Belgium in 1931, a 2nd in Belgium in 1937, a 4th in Belgium in 1938, and a 4th in Brussels in 1945. Built in France, it has a two-seat cockpit with right hand-drive.

Passenger Cars

  • 1914 Marmon Roadster, Model 48 (3 passenger), built by Nordyke and Marmon Co., in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • 1920 Stutz H “Bulldog” Touring car, manufactured by Stutz Motor Car Co., Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • 1922 Davis, 4-door touring car, Series 72, assembled by George W. Davis Motor Car Company in Richmond, Indiana. Coming back this summer!
  • A rare 1925 McFarlan TV6 passenger roadster, built in Connersville, Indiana. The McFarlan Company did extensive testing of its vehicles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the early decades of the 20th Century.
  • 1927 Duesenberg, Model A, built in Indianapolis, Indiana, which was Augie Duesenberg’s personal car.

Motorcycles

  • 1909 Indian Racer similar to one ridden by Cannonball Baker on August 14, 1909, at a race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was owned by Cannonball Baker at the time of his death.
  • 1940 Indiana
  • 1970 Harley-Davidson Streamliner, a motorcycle that set a 2-way average land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats of 265.482 mph on October 16, 1970.

The Museum has an extensive trophy collection, including the famed Borg-Warner Trophy, which honors the winner of each Indianapolis 500. During the Month of May expect to see the Borg-Warner trophy at a variety of events at IMS, not necessarily in the Museum. The Museum also displays auto racing trophies, honors and awards from around the world, including Grand Prix races run between World War I and World War II.