Seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany was the king of F1’s run at Indianapolis, winning in five of his seven starts at the event between 2000-2006. He also won four poles. Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain won the race as a rookie in 2007, becoming the first driver of African descent to win a race at IMS.
The inaugural United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis was a rousing success in 2000, with a capacity crowd. For its efforts in organizing and promoting the race, IMS won the Formula One Constructors Association Award, presented to the best promoter and event organizer in Formula One each year.
But the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis had two controversies during its eight-event run at IMS. In 2002, Schumacher slowed dramatically while leading on the last lap to orchestrate a tie at the finish with Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello. He slowed too much, handing Barrichello a victory by .011 of a second.
In 2005, only six cars competed in the race due to problems with tires supplied by Michelin. The cars using Michelin tires withdrew from the race after the formation lap, leaving only the six cars that competed on Bridgestone tires to run the race.
After the 2007 United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis, Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George and Formula One Management Ltd. CEO Bernie Ecclestone mutually agreed to not schedule Formula One racing in 2008 at Indianapolis.