The I-500 began in 1969 and is a 100% volunteer organization. We are always looking for more volunteers. Racing rules are not part of the race committee. The track was actually set on an old creek bed of gravel and clay. The site was originally developed in World War II as an ammunition dump.
The coldest race day was -31°F in 1996. The track was built in less than six months purely by volunteer help. The first year, the race was so slow that spectators could actually walk across the track between machines.
It takes 3 weeks and 1,800,000 gallons of water to make the track. Water is transported from a hydrant in the pit area via the use of three 8,000 gallon tankers and many trips around the track. Each year is different but ice has been found on the trackbed in late May. One cool summer as late as the 4th of July. From the first race come these immortal words: “Gentlemen, go fast, always turn left, and do not fall off your sled!”