SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) – History buffs are familiar with motorcycles racing at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The track’s first motorsports event featured motorcyclists in August 1909.
After taking almost 100 years off, IMS first hosted the Red Bull Indianapolis GP in 2008 and on Sunday, it will welcome the event for the seventh consecutive year.
The track’s president, Doug Boles, considers the weekend a festival for the end of racing season in central Indiana with a mix of attendees of those exclusively interested in motorcycles and general race fans.
“This is in our DNA. It’s not something that we’ve done as often, obviously as cars in the Indy 500 or NASCAR, but this has become one of the most popular events that we have with our fans that come here. They leave here thinking it’s a great event,” Boles said.
IMS officials will learn in September whether the MotoGP could return to Indianapolis when the racing league announces its schedule. He said the sport is one IMS has found worthy of investment. This year’s competitors are racing on the result of a $5 million renovation to the road course.
“We not only changed our road course to host the Grand Prix of Indianapolis that took place in May this year but we also created brand new corners to make sure that we could keep motorcycles here long term,” Boles said.
The first of four Moto GP races start at IMS on Sunday at 11 a.m.