“ROADSTERS 2 RECORDS”
Starting in the early ‘60s, “Roadsters 2 Records” showcases popular American drivers such as A.J. Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Rodger Ward, and their front-engine “Roadsters,” breaking records in dramatic races. In 1964, Foyt claimed his second career Indianapolis 500 win, but it was also the last time a front-engine roadster would win at Indy.
During this time, a wave of talent, technology, ideas, and style arrived from Europe, spurring the rear-engine revolution in full force by Jim Clark’s 1965 Indy 500 victory. Only one front-engine car started the race by the following year, setting the stage for the modern era of racing at 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”
Opens July 26, 2022
“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.