They don't call the Indianapolis 500 the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" for nothing. The event, which runs for the 100th time this coming May 29th, is practically made of superlatives -- as is its home, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To that end, here are a dozen things you probably didn’t know about the world's most famous race... and also about the IMS, the largest sporting facility in the history of the world. Seriously. (There's one!)
The Indianapolis 500 isn't held in Indianapolis
The race takes place in the tiny town of Speedway, a municipality built to house workers for both the track and local auto factories. It was platted in 1912 by the same group of financiers that built the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909.