The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, known informally as the Brickyard, has a long racing history. The track opened in 1909 and has hosted a range of motor racing events in its history, including NASCAR and Formula 1. However, it has almost no history as a motorcycle race venue. The track hosted its first MotoGP race in 2008 and has been on the calendar every year since.
The track is 2.591 miles (4.170km) in total length. The motorcycle racing track incorporates the famous ‘Oval’ part of the race track, which is used in NASCAR racing, but then includes 10 left corners and six right corners.
In 2013, it was Spanish rider Marc Márquez (Honda) who won the race here and was followed by two of his countrymen: Dani Pedrosa (Honda) in second place and Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) in third place, meaning a Spanish clean sweep of the podiums.
The track is located just a short drive northwest of the city centre of Indianapolis – right off W 16th Street. The track is a major venue and is signposted pretty much from anywhere in the city. There are usually shuttle buses from the city centre during race weekends, as parking can be somewhat chaotic at the track.
The closest airport to the track is the Indianapolis International Airport. The airport is just seven miles (11km) southwest of the city centre. It is located off the I-70 at exit 68. Connections are available to many major US cities, including LA, Detroit, Chicago and Dallas. International connections are primarily seasonal and are to Mexico.