• Tour an Italian-owned car factory (there’s gelato in it for you)
  • Strap in for a street legal two-seater ride
  • Take a spin around the track with the pros

Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts only three races a year, and the Month of May is dedicated to the Indianapolis 500. But there’s always action in the town of Speedway, about five miles west of downtown, with its racing-team garages and auto industry factories. At the center of it all is the relatively new Dallara Indycar Factory, a slick Italian-owned production facility that makes racecar chassis. Dallara also imported Lino’s Coffee cafe from Parma, Italy (like an Autogrill on the prairie) which even non-gearheads find worth the trip for the authentic gelato and pressed panini. Tour the production floor and catch a glimpse of a professional driver testing the world’s most advanced racing simulators. To get in the driver’s seat, race video-game-style in an open-wheel car against your friends, or strap into a real IndyCar and whiz around in a Street Legal 2-Seater Ride. You can also hit top speed with Indy Racing Experience. Slip into a fire suit and take the wheel around the famous track, or let a pro driver show you what 200 miles per hour really feels like.

The town of Speedway is five miles west of downtown, between 10th and 16th streets. A taxi or Uber is recommended.

​​​​DALLARA INDYCAR FACTORY: 120 Main St., Speedway; 317-243-7171; indycarfactory.com