The Hall of Fame Museum strives to make its buildings, collections, programs, and services accessible to all visitors. Companions or aides of persons with disabilities are admitted free of charge. Our services include:
- Free, accessible parking to the south and west of the Museum building, with appropriate curb cuts and ramps to facilitate entry into the building.
- Two of our tour buses are wheelchair accessible.
We have a limited number of manual wheelchairs available free of charge for our guests.
- The Museum elevator is ADA compliant.
- Our theatre has space for several wheel chairs and is ADA compliant.
- Our bathrooms are ADA compliant.
We have accessible drinking fountains.
- We welcome service animals.
- Our Museum Hosts can lead guests with severe vision impairments through a special touch tour of select vehicles in our collection.
- For our guests with hearing impairments, we have printed texts of the narration of our 20-minute history video and the narration of our bus tours of the track.
- We are working on expanding the printed narrative coverage of our grounds tour and over time will be expanding the languages offered of our narrations.
- American Sign Language interpretation is available upon request with a minimum 48 hours' notice.
Special Exhibit: Life in the Fast Lane: On the Track and in the Street
Through mid-February 2016, the Hall of Fame Museum is highlighting pairs of vehicles – race cars and their counterparts in the passenger car industry. Several are Indiana-manufactured cars that went on to have an international reputation. We are featuring:
- a 1908 Mercedes race car and a 1911 Mercedes passenger car
- a 1905 Premier race car and a 1903 Premier passenger car
- a 1932 Studebaker race car and a 1928 Studebaker passenger car
- a 1921 Duesenberg race car and a 1925 Duesenberg passenger car
In mid-February we will launch a very special and important exhibit that you will not want to miss. Stay tuned for more details in January!
Approximately 75 vehicles are on display in the Museum at anytime, 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.
Now Showing (Through Jan. 14):
The 1993 Lola Ford Indy Car driven by Nigel Mansell in a break from his Formula One driving, who was both Rookie of the Year at the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar World Series Champion in 1993.
You Just Missed:
Sampson Special: The sixth-place finisher in the 1940 Indianapolis 500 (driver Bob Swanson) and a front row qualifier in 1946 (driver Sam Hanks), the mighty Sampson Special was powered by the very V-16 engine developed by Frank Lockhart and his associates for an ultimately tragic, unsuccessful attempt on the World Land Speed Record at Daytona Beach, Florida, in 1928.
Dean Van Lines Special: Built by Eddie Kuzma for Jimmy Bryan to drive in the 1955 Indianapolis 500, this Offenhauser-powered “roadster” was driven to victory by Bryan in the three-stage 500-mile Race of Two Worlds held on the high oval section of the famous Monza track in northern Italy in June 1957. Later serving as A.J. Foyt’s rookie car at Indianapolis in 1958, it was also driven very briefly in the 1958 Monza 500 by five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
1935 Ford V8 Miller: One of ten Harry Miller-designed cars, powered by Ford V8 “flathead” engines, and built for a Ford Motor Company “factory” effort in the 1935 Indianapolis 500. Only four of the ten cars qualified, Ted Horn’s #43 lasting the longest with 145 laps completed before an overheated steering box began to seize up.
1938 Alfa Romeo type-308C: This 1938 Alfa Romeo type-308C Grand Prix car was originally owned and driven in Europe by Frenchman Raymond Sommer, but later was sold to American owners. In 1946, Lewis Durant drove it to a sixth place finish, Walt Brown drove it to a seventh place finish in 1947, and Johnny Mauro and Lewis Durant drove it to an eighth place finish in 1948. What ten year old race car could do that today?
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.
1972/73 Sugaripe Prune Eagle #2: May featured 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. The car appears as it did when Vukovich drove it in 1973. This vehicle complements 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.
Ferrari Type-375: As spring reached Indiana, the Hall of Fame Museum featured 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.
Lots of Lotuses!
We have on display several of the Lotus race cars driven by Jim Clark in honor of the 50th anniversary of his Indianapolis 500 win. They are on display for a limited time only.
1963 Lotus, powered by Ford
Dan Gurney and Ford Motor Company joined with Lotus Cars, Ltd. to build two rear-engine cars that qualified for the 1963 Indianapolis 500 race. Each was powered by a 4.2 liter Ford V8 engine. The drivers were Jim Clark and Dan Gurney. Clark started fifth and finished a close second to Parnelli Jones. While the average team made three pit stops for fuel and tires, Clark was able to limit his stops to one and Gurney stopped only twice and finished seventh. Clark went on to win the Formula One World Championship for Lotus in 1963. Vehicle is owned by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc.
Clark made history in 1964 by becoming the first driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in the pole position while driving a rear-engine car. His 1964 Lotus type 34 with a Ford V8 engine smashed the qualifying records with a four-lap average of 158.828 mph and a single lap high of 159.377 mph. Unfortunately, tire failure in the 47th lap (while in the lead) took him out of the race. Parnelli Jones went on to drive the car at the 200-mile Milwaukee race and win. The car was later acquired by J.C. Agajanian for Parnelli Jones to drive in 1965. It was then painted gold and known as the “Agajanian/Hurst Floor Shift Special,” finishing second in the Indianapolis 500 and winning the Milwaukee 200 a week later. Vehicle is owned by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc.
1966 STP Lotus
Andy Granatelli and the STP Corporation sponsored Lotus’ fourth trip to the Indianapolis 500 in 1965. The vehicle was still powered by the Ford V8 double-overhead camshaft engine, but had transitioned from the British racing green and yellow to fluorescent “dayglow” orange in color. Clark qualified in second place and led for 66 laps before succumbing to handling problems and spinning twice. He managed to finish second behind Graham Hill. Immediately after the race, the vehicle was acquired by Clark’s teammate A.J. Foyt and formed the basis of Foyt’s 1967 Indianapolis 500 winning Coyote. On loan from Jim Jaeger through Fall of 2015.
Remembrance of Times Past – 100 Years Ago
This year the Hall of Fame Museum has been host to two vehicles that bring back the 1915 race at Indianapolis.
One of the best known of all American automobile manufacturers, Stutz was an Indianapolis-based firm that entered stripped-down passenger cars in early races to promote its products to the general public following race track successes. In fact, the company’s slogan, “The Car That Made Good in a Day” referred to a prototype having finished the full 500 miles to place 11th in the 1911 Indianapolis 500 race, shortly before Stutz automobiles were available to the public. Henry Stutz campaigned his “White Legion” team, typically with three cars, through to the end of 1915 and won eight AAA National Championship events that year. At the end of the year, Earl Cooper, National Champion for Stutz in 1913 and 1915, purchased number 8 (along with three of the four team cars) and campaigned it as a privateer until 1919. On loan from History Collection, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This vehicle is on loan through January 31, 2016.
1915 Pace Car – Sorry, you just missed it! Look for it to return briefly next Spring.
On loan from Allen Strong of Champaign, Illinois, is the 1914 Packard that served as the Indianapolis 500 pace car in 1915. At that time, Carl G. Fisher owned this vehicle, which is a custom-built Packard consisting of a shortened 1913 chassis powered by a 1914 Model 2-38 six-cylinder engine. Fisher held onto the car for several years after the race as the Indianapolis 500 race tradition of giving a pace car to the winning driver did not start until 1936.
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 the 1977 race car he drove to his record-setting fourth Indy 500 win.