The Indy 500 Comes To Sandwich

SANDWICH – American motor sports would certainly not be the same were it not for the Indianapolis 500.

Starting April 14th, iconic Indy 500 race and pace cars will be on display at Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich.

Along with the cars, the excitement of the race will be captured with photos and videos, equipment worn by winners, memorabilia and much more.

Jennifer Madden, Director of Collections and exhibitions, said they’re excited about the number of cars and how far back they go.

“We have twenty from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. The oldest car we’re getting is the original pace car that was used at the first race in 1911,” she said.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to sit in an Indy “Touch Car” and experience some post-race traditions.

Madden said there are two cars that are at the top of her can’t wait list. “A 1913 Duesenberg, the oldest race car we have. We also will have a 1915 Duesenberg. These are the two oldest Duesenberg’s that exist and they’ll be right here at the museum,” she said.

Approximately 350,000 fans attend the race each year with another 5.5 million watching on television and 20.5 million listening on the radio.

The exhibit will run through October 8th.

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