Speedway, Indiana

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Speedway is a town in Wayne Township, Marion County, Indiana, United States. The population was 12,881 at the 2000 census. Speedway is the home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, from which the town derives its name, and is a complete enclave of Indianapolis.


City for the horseless carriage

The town of Speedway was developed as a city of the future. Meant to be a testing ground much like the famed race track which is its namesake, Speedway was designed to be a city that was hospitable to the car. In a time when Indianapolis streets were often the narrow orange brick thoroughfares laid by Alexander Ralston in the 1920s and 1930s, the town had paved roads and homes with garages for cars.


Speedway is located at 39°47′31″N 86°15′0″W / 39.79194°N 86.25°W / 39.79194; -86.25 (39.791943, -86.249988)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.8 sq mi (12.3 km²). 4.8 sq mi (12.3 km²)of it is land and 0.21% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,882 people, 6,151 households, and 3,278 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,708.9 people per square mile (1,047.0/km²). There were 6,636 housing units at an average density of 1,395.6/sq mi (539.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 83.16% White, 11.89% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.61% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.20% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.63% of the population.

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