SPEEDWAY, Ind. - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has completed one of the three largest renovations in its 107 year history this month, just in time for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
“Race fans have an opportunity to look out and see how spectacular the view is because even if you see it from different places, once you get up to the top…it is so magical,” said IMS President Doug Boles.
The view is one that Boles cannot get enough of. He says he has walked over to the track at least two times each day during the renovations. Project 100 launched in December and is nearly complete with $92 million of renovations.
“We just really wanted to celebrate what the Indianapolis Motor Speedway means. So, when people are driving down Crawfordsville Road at day or night they cannot miss the fact that they are driving into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Boles.
IMS also added 1,000 seats in the Paddock along Georgetown Road.
“A lot of customers had been in those seats since they were built, so we raised the roof up and added three rows of seats up top,” said Boles.
Boles says the biggest challenge of Project 100 renovations was balancing the new and traditional aspects of the track.
“What makes us so special is our history and tradition, so if you are going to change things…you have to do it in a way that is respectful. Which makes it special,” said Boles.
The renovations are made possible thanks to a state loan approved in 2013, allowing IMS to capture some of its own tax revenue.
In the video above, IMS president Doug Boles and senior VP of events Allison Melangton discuss the renovations and the plans for next week's historic 100th running of the Indy 500.