As one of the most eagerly anticipated events surrounding the legendary Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (the Indy 500), the Hoosier 100 gives race fans the chance to cheer on their favorite drivers in a smaller, more intimate setting prior to the big day. The race, which is held just west of Indianapolis annually at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Memorial Day weekend, features USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown championship cars.
The 100-lap competition takes place on a one-mile dirt track and dates back to 1953, making it one of the longest-running traditions of the Indianapolis 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support youth and education in Indianapolis through a series of fun, family-oriented events during the month of May. In Indianapolis, May is all about feting the sport of racing. The 500 Festival sponsors many activities in celebration of the race, including the 500 Festival Parade and the largest half-marathon in the world, the 500 Festival mini-marathon, as well as a Princess Program that allows college women to serve as ambassadors of the festival and the Chase 500 Festival Kids Day, a Sunday dedicated to fun for the whole family.
Indianapolis residents enjoy the thrill of Indy sports in the spring and love watching any competition, especially racing. To Indianapolis sports fans, racing is a way of life and certainly gives Indianapolis basketball, a run for its money! The Hoosier 100 has deep roots with Indy 500 fans; former winners include Indy Car greats A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti, and NASCAR heroes Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon. In contrast to the 500, qualifications are held not over the course of several weekends leading up to the event, but just several hours before the race begins, making for an exciting, action-packed evening for the fans. If you’re in town for all the racing fun that defines May in Indianapolis, you won’t want to miss the Hoosier 100!
Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E 38th St
Indianapolis, IN 46205