EXPLORE THE NEWEST EXHIBITIONS AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY MUSEUM
See the cars that propelled their drivers to Victory Lane! More than 25 Indy 500-winning cars are on display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, spanning more than a century of history at the Indianapolis 500. Highlights from this priceless collection include the 1922 Duesenberg, 1938 Maserati, 1948 Watson, and 1911 Marmon Wasp—the famed six-cylinder that won the first Indianapolis 500.
These one-of-a-kind vehicles are displayed alongside the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy, the annual prize awarded to the Indianapolis 500 victors.* The trophy features the silver-sculpted likeness of each Indy 500 winner, standing more than five feet tall and weighing a total of 110 pounds.
Throughout the Winners Gallery, you’ll also find historic race programs and memorabilia, helmets throughout the years, bricks from the original 1909 racetrack, and pieces from our beautiful silver trophy collection, including the personal collection of Rudolf Caracciola.
*Please note that the cars on display will vary according to exhibition schedules. The Borg-Warner Trophy is currently on display in the Traditions exhibit and may occasionally be unavailable for display while featured at off-site events. Please contact the Museum at 317-492-6784 for more information.
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 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 Indy 500 is more than just 200 laps of edge-of-your-seat competition. It’s about the fans packed into the Snake Pit. It’s about listening to calls on the radio. It’s about drinking the milk and kissing the bricks. Because the Indy 500 is an entire month of traditions!
In this new exhibition, the Museum invites you to relive your favorite traditions at the Racing Capital of the World. Traditions features iconic photography, inspiring videos, and interactive displays to celebrate the Month of May all year long. Highlights include stories about tailgating, concerts, The Command, and the classic song: “Back Home Again in Indiana.” Speedway.