|Museum and Tour Entrance|
I visited the Hall of Fame and took a bus ride around the racetrack. More complete tours are offered, including a lap in a race car at nearly 200 mph.
|Museum and Hall of Fame|
The starting point for the bus tour was near a memorial honoring Louis Chevrolet, a race car driver and founder of Chevrolet Motor Company.
This is one of the smaller grandstand sections that collectively seat more than 250,000 spectators behind a safety fence. Others buy admission to the racetrack infield, either to the family area (no alcohol allowed) or to the party area (known as the Snake Pit). Grassy hills are available for seating with good views of the track.
Originally paved with bricks, the track has a more modern asphalt surface now, but a small strip of bricks has been retained at the Start/Finish Line for the sake of posterity.
The tower known as the Pagoda houses press box, timing equipment and overall race control facilities. The viewing area is a special place for invited guests only, no tickets are sold for it.
|Lap Record Holder|
The Hall of Fame showcases many vintage racing cars and a few motorcycles.
|Richard Petty's Car|
NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon has a special place in the Hall of Fame, commemorating his five wins at the Brickyard 400 race. I learned that Jeff's family moved from California to Indiana when he was eight years old. He was already driving race cars and had won 35 midget races by then. The move allowed him to participate in more races, winning all 51 races the year he was eleven, and gaining experience that helped him become one of NASCAR's most successful drivers.
|Jeff Gordon Commemorative|