The triumph of winning the Indianapolis 500 is limited to a few, with most drivers facing defeat. Fueled by the storied history, competition, and allure, drivers yearn for victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Forty-three were mere moments from claiming the checked flag, five of whom are still in pursuit of adding their name and likeness to the Borg-Warner Trophy.
“Second” features six themes, accomplishment, controversy, determination, heartbreak, mechanical, and redemption. The drivers were placed within a theme based on their Indianapolis 500 race attempts, racing careers, or future in racing.
This is the largest number of drivers ever featured in one exhibition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. The drivers featured include Tony Bettenhausen, Eddie Sachs, Dan Gurney, Michael Andretti, Scott Goodyear, and the most recent runner-up, Pato O’Ward. These drivers have race wins, championships, and successful careers but remained runner-up at the Indianapolis 500 mile race.
The exhibition includes 19 cars, 13 from outside the Museum’s collection. Numerous artifacts, such as the Astor Cup, Davy Jones’ 24 Hours of Le Mans trophy, Paul Tracy’s 2002 Indy 500 suit, and Tony Bettenhausen’s 1951 helmet, are on display. Additionally, guests can utilize interactive tablets to learn more about each driver through storytelling, images, and video. Guests can learn about their Indianapolis 500 race(s) and their careers outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Indianapolis 500 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have long been a part of American sports culture. Over 250,000 race fans from across the world make the annual journey to witness The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. But the race is more than just the 200 laps of edge-of-your-seat competition; it’s the fans packed into the Snake Pit, listening to the call on the radio, the milk, the kissing of the bricks. It’s an entire month of “Traditions”.
In the first new exhibition of 2022, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum invites you to relive your favorite traditions through iconic photography, inspiring videos, and some of your favorite traditions on display. Highlights include tailgating, concerts, The Command, and “Back Home Again in Indiana”.
“SLEEK: THE ART OF THE HELMET”
“Sleek: The Art of the Helmet” explores the racing helmet’s art and design and the stories behind the designs. The exhibition is led by guest curator and local Indianapolis creative Amiah Mims.
Helmets and their design are some of the most remarkable intersections of art and engineering. They have been and continue to be a significant part of racing history. The exhibition includes historic helmets, helmets worn by current INDYCAR drivers, and helmets created by local artists. Some of the helmets on display include Mario Andretti’s from his 1993 season, Jimmie Johnson’s helmet from his 2012 Brickyard 400 win, and Alexander Rossi’s 2018 Indianapolis 500 helmet.
Nine of the helmets on display are designed by selected local artists. Ranging between ages 18-65 and chosen by a panel composed of Museum exhibition team members and the Indy Arts Council, artists Faith Blackwell, Justin Brown, Grant M. Brownlow, Jessica Bowman, April Knauber, Nancy Lee, Shaunt’e Lewis, Austin Polen, and Greg Potter were free to use materials, methods, and style of their choosing.
You can now bid on one of the helmets designed by the local artists. The auction is live and will close on December 11, 2022.