Race track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana, USA
Includes the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Noted as the location of the Indianapolis 500 race (Indy 500); the final race of the IndyCar Series season.
The first video game about Race track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana, USA was released in 1984.
The track, like many in the USA, began as a dirt track (wood being rarely and cement being and extremely rarely chosen alternatives in the era). In 1909, after some experimentation, 3,200,001 bricks (the "1" being a final brick made of gold) atop sand were used to pave the formally dirt speedway. As the bricks inevitably settled, the resulting surface variations were leveled with mortar. This paving earn the tack's nickname of "Brickyard". For historical reasons, 1 yard (3 feet) of track at the start-finish line is still the original bricks. The qualifying and practice runs on the bricked track saw a doubling of speeds in all classes of racing.
The site and track layout has also been used aviation racing. The first such race notably featuring Wilbur and Orville Wright. During World War I. the area was a military aviation repair and refueling depot.
The area was highly desired in 1927 was almost sold to realestate interests. It was instead purchased by Edward V. Rickenbacker (former racer and fighter pilot ace). He did utilize some realestate value by building a golf course in the infield.
The track is known as the originator of the "junkyard formula" due to rule changes preceding the Great Depression. The rules were in fact designed to equalize the cars to discourage having to compete with specialized (and likely expensive) entries that were dominating the top positions. Winner's purses were also reduced. All to encourage more manufactures to get involved with racing (and remove incentive for 'elite' teams). As the US market crash occurred days later, the misconception developed that the rules were to dumb down the cars to make racing less expensive during the depression (people were largely unaware the rules changed before the crash)
The track hold the distinction of not only hosting the first diesel car in a class dominated by gasoline, but this entry was also the first win by a diesel in such a race. The car's speed was mildly impressive but won due to having completed the 500 mile race with no pit stops. The rules insisted that cars be fueled and refueled during pit stops by "pump gasoline" instead of specialized fuels. As there was a diesel gas station in the area, the car qualified.