IMS Museum Awarded Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities for Preservation of its Globally Diverse Motorsports Trophy Collection

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is honored to be among the preservation, education, research and public programming entities receiving more than $29 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The NEH announced August 14 that IMS Museum has been awarded $10,000 to improve the Museum’s high-polish metal trophy storage environment, allowing the IMS Museum staff to better preserve the nearly 400 trophies in the Museum’s collection. The funding originates from the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants program.

Some of these trophies will be part of the IMS Museum’s newest exhibit, which will be announced soon.

The Museum curatorial staff will utilize the funding to purchase storage cabinets and shelving, and preservation supplies to properly store and care for trophies dating from 1903 to 2017, including Indianapolis 500 trophies predating the famed Borg-Warner Trophy, to the complete collection of pre-World War II trophies won by Grand Prix racing legend Rudolf Caracciola.

The NEH is an independent federal agency, established in 1965, which supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from across the United States. Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, was the other Indiana entity to receive NEH funding in this round of grants.

Congressman Andre Carson, of Indianapolis, said he’s pleased to see a central Indiana community asset like the IMS Museum receiving NEH funding, given the many educational  opportunities for all ages through the Speedway’s legacies in design, innovation, competition and entrepreneurship.

“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is a living tribute to the racing industry’s contributions to our city and state,” said Carson. “Hoosiers are fortunate to have the museum’s achievements recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities to aid in historic preservation efforts that will help preserve racing history for future generations.”

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About the IMS Museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is home to one of the world’s premier motorsports and automobile collections, with a focus on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its role as a global icon of sporting tradition and innovation.

Located inside the famed 2.5-mile IMS oval, the Museum is open 363 days a year (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on support from admissions, tours, sponsorships, annual memberships and foundation grants  for its operations, educational programming, restoration and preservation efforts, exhibits and events.

For more information on the IMS Museum, please visit, contact the Museum at (317) 492-6784, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

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