|Time zone||UTC-5 (UTC-4 DST)|
|Owner||National Hot Rod Association|
|Operator||National Hot Rod Association|
|Former names||Lucas Oil Raceway (2011–2021)|
O'Reilly Raceway Park (2007–2010)
Indianapolis Raceway Park (1960–2006)
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series
Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals (1961-present)
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
TSport 200 (1995–2011, 2022–present)
ARCA Menards Series
Reese's 200 (1983–1985, 2011–2012, 2014–2020, 2022–present)
USAC Silver Crown Series
Dave Steele Carb Night Classic (1969–1971, 1974–present)
Hoosier Hundred (2023-present)
Championship Saturday (2022-present)
USF Pro 2000 Championship (2010–2016, 2018–present)
USF2000 Championship (2010–2016, 2018–present)
USAC Championship Car
Hoosier Grand Prix (1961–1963, 1965–1970, 1973, 1994)
USAC Stock Car
Yankee 300 (1963–1972)
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Kroger 200 (1982–2011)
Hooters Pro Cup Series (2001–2002, 2004–2006)
Superstar Racing Experience (2021)
|Length||0.686 miles (1.104 km)|
|Race lap record||0:20.174 ( Matthew Brabham, Star Formula Mazda 'Pro', 2013 Pro Mazda Championship, Pro Mazda)|
|Length||2.500 miles (4.023 km)|
|Race lap record||1:23.622 ( Eliseo Salazar, Ferrari 333 SP, 1994, WSC)|
Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park (formerly Indianapolis Raceway Park, O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, and Lucas Oil Raceway) is an auto racing facility in Brownsburg, Indiana, about 10 miles (16 km) northwest of downtown Indianapolis. It includes a 0.686 mi (1.104 km) oval track, a 2.500 mi (4.023 km) road course (which has fallen into disrepair and is no longer used), and a 4,400-foot (1,300 m) drag strip which is among the premier drag racing venues in the world. The complex receives about 500,000 visitors annually.
In 1958, 15 Indianapolis-area businessmen and racing professionals led by Tom Binford, Frank Dickie, Rodger Ward, and Howard Fieber invested $5,000 each to fund the development of a 267-acre (108 ha) farm tract into a recreational sporting complex that would focus on auto racing. The original intention was to create a 15-turn, 2.500 mi (4.023 km) road course, but as an insurance measure against economic problems, the investment group decided to incorporate a quarter-mile drag strip into the long straightaway of the road course design. Constructed with assistance from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), the drag strip was the first to be completed, with the facility's first event held on the strip in the fall of 1960. The facility was called Indianapolis Raceway Park. A year later, a 0.686-mile (1.104 km) paved oval was completed to finish off the track capabilities of the complex. The oval track was used as-is until an overall track renovation was completed in 1988 in order to increase speed on the track.
The premier feature of Lucas Oil Raceway is a 4,400-foot (1,300 m) long drag strip. The single NHRA event held at the facility is the oldest and most prestigious of the series. The NHRA U.S. Nationals, held every year during the Labor Day weekend, is the only event on the NHRA schedule with final eliminations scheduled on a Monday. An all-star style race, called the Traxxas Nitro Shootout, is held for the two nitro divisions (Top Fuel on Saturday and Funny Car on Sunday). The winners in each division win $100,000 US, while the race itself has the largest purse of any NHRA sanctioned event at over $250,000 US. The drag strip has held the event every year since 1961, when the race was moved from Detroit.
Sprint and midget races are held on the oval, along with other events suited to a shorter track. Raceway Park traditionally stages an extensive program on the Saturday nights of major races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On Memorial Day weekend, the venue hosts a USAC Silver Crown, Sprint Car and Midget Car event, serving as something of an unofficial preliminary event to the Indianapolis 500. It was previously held on Saturday Night under the name Night before the 500, and is currently held on Friday night as the Carb Night Classic. Similarly, the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200 was given a "Night before the 400" status; a Truck Series race was added to the weekend in 1995. When Formula One raced at IMS, midget, sprint, and stock car races were held at ORP in the "Night Before F1" meets, including the 2002 and 2003 USGP races that featured a twin 25-lap midget format, with a full inversion, and the winner winning $50,000 if they could win both features.
The 15-turn road course was used by the Indianapolis area Sports Car Club of America road racing events. The initial Indianapolis Raceway Park road race was an SCCA event held in 1961. In 1965, rookie driver Mario Andretti won his first Indy car race on the road course, in an event that was historic in that it was the first time in modern history that American Indy cars raced on a road circuit. For the next six years, the road course hosted the Hoosier Grand Prix, a round of the USAC National Championship Series, the same series that included the Indianapolis 500, as well as the USAC Stock Car series, including the Yankee 300. Notably, in the 1969 movie Winning, Paul Newman's character, Frank Capua, competes in a USAC Stock Car event on the road course.
After an insurance investigation of the pit out opening for the road course, which is located along the left lane wall of the drag strip, the insurance carrier demanded the pit out be closed off with a permanent concrete wall. This effectively meant closing the road course for competition purposes, as there is no other area on the current track layout suitable to relocate a viable pit lane. However, club racing and private testing used a section of track that runs parallel to the backstretch of the oval (Turns 6–8) as a makeshift pit, although enough section of the return road for the drag strip could also be used if realigned. The last SCCA club road race was held in 2007. The road course surface is in disrepair and very bumpy, and would need improvement to be of use again. There are plans to redesign and renovate the road course, but track officials say it is a long term goal.
In 2012, it was announced that the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway would move to Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the Indiana 250 to replace the Kroger 200, and that it would be joined by Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge races under the banner "Super Weekend at the Brickyard". The Camping World Truck Series event was replaced with a new event at Eldora Speedway. As a result, the ARCA Racing Series became the lone national stock car racing series to sanction a race at the track, running its own 200-lap event. NASCAR announced in September 2021 that the Truck Series would return to Lucas Oil Raceway in 2022 as the first playoff race, marking the return by NASCAR after an eleven year absence. On December 8, 2021, the track announced the track's renaming to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.
- SCCA Formula Super Vee Qualifying: Mark Smith, 19.581 sec. = 126.122 mph (202.974 km/h), May 27, 1989
- Indy Pro 2000 Championship Qualifying: Matthew Brabham, 19.744 sec. = 125.081 mph (201.298 km/h), May 25, 2013
- USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Qualifying: Jason Leffler, 20.298 sec. = 121.667 mph (195.804 km/h), May 20, 2000
- U.S. F2000 National Championship Qualifying: Bryan Sellers, 21.016, 117.510 mph (189.114 km/h), May 25, 2002
- ARCA/CRA Super Series Qualifying: Evan Jackson, 21.284, 116.031 mph (186.734 km/h), September 22, 2007
- NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying: David Green, 21.766 sec. = 113.462 mph (182.599 km/h), August 5, 1994
- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Qualifying: Joe Ruttman, 22.081 sec. = 111.843 mph (179.994 km/h), August 3, 2000
- ARCA Racing Series Qualifying: Ty Gibbs, 21.820 sec. = 113.181 mph (182.147 km/h), October 10, 2019
Race lap records
- Pro Mazda Championship Race: Matthew Brabham, 20.174 s = (122.415 mph (197.008 km/h)), May 25, 2013
- USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Race: Mike Bliss, 21.415 s = (115.326 mph (185.599 km/h)), May 12, 2001 (100 laps)
- U.S. F2000 National Championship Race: Bryan Sellers, 21.016 s = (117.510 mph (189.114 km/h)), May 25, 2002
- NASCAR Nationwide Series Race: Jimmy Hensley, 25.258 s = (96.923 mph (155.982 km/h)), June 22, 1985
- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race: John Hunter Nemechek, 22.983 s, July 29, 2022
- ARCA Racing Series Race: Brandon Jones, 27.962 s = (88.321 mph (142.139 km/h)), July 25, 2014
2.5-mile road course
- IMSA WSC Race: Eliseo Salazar, Ferrari 333 SP, 1:23.622 sec. = 107.672 mph (173.281 km/h), July 10, 1994
- SCCA Formula Atlantic Race: Larry Connor, Ralt RT41, 1:24.529 sec. = 106.472 mph (171.350 km/h), July 1, 2000
- IMSA GTS Race: Irv Hoerr, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, 1:27.451 sec. = 102.914 mph (165.624 km/h), July 10, 1994
- SCCA Formula Continental Race: Jeff Shafer, Nemesis, 1:29.771 sec. = 100.255 mph (161.345 km/h), July 1, 1997
- SCCA A Sports Racer Race: Jerry Hansen, Lola T333, 1:25.880 sec. = 104.797 mph (168.654 km/h), May 1, 1980
- SCCA C Sports Racer Race: Tony Coniewski, Swift, 1:27.130 sec. = 103.294 mph (166.236 km/h), July 4, 2004
- IMSA GTO Race: Joe Pezza, Ford Mustang, 1:32.515 sec. = 97.281 mph (156.559 km/h)
- IMSA GTU Race: Jim Pace, Nissan 240SX, 1:34.479 sec. = 95.479 mph (153.659 km/h)
- FIA Group 4 Race: Peter Gregg, Porsche Carrera RSR, 1:40.200 sec. = 89.820 mph (144.551 km/h), October 14, 1973
- USAC Formula Junior Race: Jim Hall, Lotus 18, 1:42.400 sec. = 87.889 mph (141.444 km/h), July 29, 1962
- Sports car Race: Augie Pabst, Scarab Mk. II, 1:50.500 sec. = 81.440 mph (131.065 km/h), June 25, 1961
- NHRA – Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals (1961–present)
- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series – TSport 200 (1995–2011, 2022–present)
- ARCA Menards Series – Reese's 200 (1983–1985, 2011–2012, 2014–2020, 2022–present)
- USF Pro 2000 Championship (2010–2016, 2018–present)
- USF2000 Championship (2010–2016, 2018–present)
- USAC Silver Crown Series – Dave Steele Carb Night Classic (2015–present), Hoosier Hundred (2023)
- Hoosier Grand Prix – USAC RRC, USAC National Championship, IMSA GT (1961–1963, 1965–1970, 1973, 1994)
- USAC Stock Car - Yankee 300 (1963-1972)
- USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Championship – Night before the 500 – (1969–1971, 1974–2014) – Midgets were swapped with Silver Crown cars beginning in 2015.
- NASCAR Nationwide Series – Kroger 200 (1982–2011)
- NASCAR Busch North Series (1987–1990)
- NASCAR Winston Modified Tour (1988–1989)
- Fast Masters (1993)
- ASA National Tour (1997–2004)
- Hooters Pro Cup Series (2001–2002, 2004–2006)
- Superstar Racing Experience (2021)
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