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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a motor racing circuit and oval speedway complex in Indiana, United States, which has held the Indianapolis 500 since 1911 (11 of which, 1950–60, were rounds of the Formula One World Championship) and the United States Grand Prix from 2000 to 2007.

Circuit HistoryEdit

Circuit LayoutsEdit

Oval layoutEdit

IMS oval

The oval circuit, used from 1950 to 1960 in F1 and to this day in Indycar.

The layout of the Indianapolis 500 is an oval track, with two main straights and four corners. The track runs in the opposite direction (counterclockwise) to the infield circuit configuration. It is precisely 2.5 miles (4.023 kilometres) long, and is still used for the Indianapolis 500.

The two long straights are exactly 58 miles, the short straights are exactly 18 miles and the corners are 14 miles. The corners are banked at 9.2 degrees. The four corners are identical and the straights are exactly parallel.

Formula One layoutEdit

IMS road

The infield Grand Prix circuit

The Grand Prix circuit ran clockwise, unlike the oval circuit, and spanned around half the oval circuit, using the same pit area as the oval track. The first two corners are at 90° angles, the first a right-hander, then a left-hander. Three right-hand bends follow, the first long, the second tightens, the third fast. Turn 6 is a long left-hander that lead directly into Turn 7. The back straight followed, before a 90° turn which lead into two, slow, hairpins, the first slightly tighter than the second (the hairpins were colloquially known as "Mickey" and "Mouse"). At the next corner, Turn 11, the cars started building up speed as the cars rejoined the oval track at turn 12. Turn 13, the only banked corner on the F1 calendar at the time, was taken flat out and this lead to the start/finish line.

The banked corner, Turn 13 was the source of the problems that arose at the 2005 United States Grand Prix, because the Michelin tyres provided were not able to survive ten laps unless there was a reduction of speed on the corner, as Ralf Schumacher's accident testified. Bridgestone had no problems with the banked corner, as they also provided tires for the Indy Car series, and routinely made tires designed for banked ovals. Eventually, the fourteen Michelin runners chose to withdraw after the formation lap in the interests of safety, leaving the remaining six Bridgestone runners to race it out. After the tyre scam, Michelin opted to refund those fans who went to the race and that they would purchase 200 tickets to give for free for the 2006 United States Grand Prix. The corner that was Turn 13 has since been replaced from the Indianapolis road course by a short infield loop.

Event historyEdit

The following is a list of Formula One World Championship events held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

Year Event Winning Driver Winning Constructor
1950 Indianapolis 500 United States Johnnie Parsons United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
1951 Indianapolis 500 United States Lee Wallard United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
1952 Indianapolis 500 United States Troy Ruttmann United States Kuzma-Offenhauser
1953 Indianapolis 500 United States Bill Vukovich United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
1954 Indianapolis 500 United States Bill Vukovich United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
1955 Indianapolis 500 United States Bob Sweikert United States Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
1956 Indianapolis 500 United States Pat Flaherty United States Watson-Offenhauser
1957 Indianapolis 500 United States Sam Hanks United States Epperly-Offenhauser
1958 Indianapolis 500 United States Jimmy Bryan United States Epperly-Offenhauser
1959 Indianapolis 500 United States Rodger Ward United States Watson-Offenhauser
1960 Indianapolis 500 United States Jim Rathmann United States Watson-Offenhauser
2000 United States Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
2001 United States Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
2002 United States Grand Prix Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari
2003 United States Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
2004 United States Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
2005 United States Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
2006 United States Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
2007 United States Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes

Multiple WinnersEdit

By DriversEdit

Wins Driver Years
5 Germany Michael Schumacher 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
2 United States Bill Vukovich 1953, 1954

By ConstructorsEdit

Wins Constructor Years
6 Italy Ferrari 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
5 United States Kurtis Kraft 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955
3 United States Watson 1956, 1959, 1960
2 United States Epperley 1957, 1958

By Engine SuppliersEdit

Wins Constructor Years
11 United States Offenhauser 19501951, 195219531954195519561957195819591960
6 Italy Ferrari 20002002200320042005
2 Germany Mercedes 2001, 2007

Wins by CountryEdit

DriversEdit

Wins Country
11 United States United States of America
5 Germany Germany
1 Finland Finland
Brazil Brazil
United Kingdom Great Britain

ConstructorsEdit

Wins Country
11 United States United States of America
6 Italy Italy
2 United Kingdom Great Britain

NotesEdit


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