The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built in 1909 as a test track and the first 500
international Sweepstake Race was held in 1911. The track was repaved in 1910 with several million bricks, hence its nickname
Greater changes have taken place at Indianapolis since the ´90s with a NASCAR Winston Cup race for
stock cars in 1994, the split between CART and the IRL, and shortening of practice and qualifying for the 500 race itself - it used
to take the whole month of May.
The oval itself has also undergone some changes in the last few years, with redesigned pit
entry and exit lanes, raised retaining walls and slightly reprofiled corners, all in the interests of increased safety.
1999 the track's owners announced that they would be running a round of the F1 World Championship in September 2000, on a new road
course constructed on roads whose foundations already exist, built where the infield golf course was designed. A new European pits
garage complex, hospitality suites, control tower, media centre and team offices were built.
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