We can all understand how the city of Indianapolis, The Racing Capital of the World, and even the entire state of Indiana would benefit economically from the Indianapolis 500. Thousands of visitors, vendors, service providers, sponsors and more, converge on the city for most of May. Publicity for Indianapolis generated by the 500 Festival Mini Marathon, Qualifications, Miller Lite Carb Day, IPL 500 Festival Parade, the Indy 500 itself, and by the IndyCar Series year round is significant. All of this is magnified this year with the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
However, many industries in Indianapolis, even throughout Indiana, were established in part by their association with the Indianapolis 500. Consider Indianapolis metal fabricators, welding companies, tube benders and fabricators, machine shops, welding and industrial supplies distributors, gear and valve companies, etc. Many of these companies serve and support the racing industry. Indiana engineering and manufacturing technology companies have led innovations in racing over the past 100 years. Across the Hoosier state there are tire companies, engine builders, trailer manufacturers, mechanical design firms, and more, that support the auto racing industry.
Whether you are fortunate to be among the thousands in attendance for this year’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 or among the thousands at home listening on the radio, or watching on television, think of the Indiana manufacturers, industrial service companies, distributors and engineering firms who help make “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” possible.