The 64th running of the Hoosier Hundred, a 100-mile, 100-lap race, in May, will be the last running of this dirt track racing event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
USAC Series Coordinator Levi Jones explained. “Meetings with the Fairgrounds staff and discussions over the last two years, to keep auto racing, were to no avail. The horse industry's desire to use the one-mile track year-round instead of the half-mile currently in the infield won out in the end.”
In 1953, a new, long-lasting tradition began with the inaugural running of the “Hoosier Hundred”, held annually with only a handful of interruptions due to inclement weather.
Today, it remains one of the oldest, most tradition-rich racing events on the planet. Many of its winners have gone to achieve legendary status in auto racing with a list that includes A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti who are among the seven drivers to have won both the Hoosier Hundred and the Indianapolis 500 in their careers along with Bob Sweikert, Jimmy Bryan, Rodger Ward, Parnelli Jones and Al Unser.