Living in Speedway
The founders of the IMS planned and built the city as a housing development for locals living and working for the race shops and automobile manufacturing facilities that popped up throughout the region. It was one of the first cities in the state built around the concept of driving rather than relying on horses. Founded in 1912, the city was once home to a number of factory workers, but it is now home to residents working in other industries.
During its early years, the city housed around 1,000 residents. As the manufacturing complexes shut down or moved to other areas and more companies came into the region, the population rose to include nearly 12,000 people.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, better known as IMS, is the leading tourist attraction in the city. In addition to the Indianapolis 500, it is also home to the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard race. During its early days, racers drove their cars across a track made of bricks, and a line of bricks is still visible on the track today. IMS hosts different events throughout the year, including charity events and events that let you take your own car onto the track. If you choose an apartment for rent in a nearby neighborhood, you will be a short drive away from the on-site museum dedicated to the history of racing in Indiana.
Some apartment renters may also want to take advantage of the museums located in nearby Indianapolis. The Indiana State Museum offers an in-depth look at the history of the state, while the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art focuses on more modern artwork and artists. There is also the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which has exhibits and artwork on display throughout history. Don't forget to stop by the Indianapolis Children's Museum to check out the interactive and fun displays and exhibits for kids.
If you're a sports fan, consider buying season tickets to one of the professional teams in the area. Indianapolis, which is just a short drive away from Speedway, has several professional teams, including the Colts, Pacers and Fever. Rent in the smaller town to enjoy the peace and quiet, and drive into the larger city to see your favorite pro teams play live.
Public transportation is provided by the Indiana Public Transportation System, but the majority of residents drive, so it wouldn't be advisable to ditch your wheels here.