Old Speedway

Neighborhood Activities

The Old Speedway Neighborhood Association holds regular monthly meetings at 7:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month {except for months with national holidays). All meetings are open to the public. Presentations are followed by the membership's business meetings.

Relevant presentations are offered each month on a topic important to our neighborhood and to all of Speedway, Indiana. Town officials and representatives of various Speedway events along with candidate forums are popular offerings.

Old Speedway City Neighborhood Association achieved local recognition with Spirit of the Year Award as the 2006 Neighborhood of the Year from the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center.

The 2007 National Neighborhood of the Year was awarded by Neighborhoods of USA (NUSA). Bennett and the association president competed with neighborhoods around the country for this prestigious award. Signs about the 2007 award are posted within the association boundaries.

 Recent Initiatives

  • Adopt Main Street Initiative with volunteers collecting trash and weeding the newly reconstructed Main Street,
  • Keep homeowners and renters informed of issues that impact the association area, and
  • Develop a "Wall of Fame" for the east side of Main Street -- an idea original to the Association.

Business Environment

Main Street was completely reconstructed in 2010 with all new infrastructure, street paving, sidewalks, bike paths and rain gardens.

Long-standing consumer businesses on Main Street include restaurants, flower shop, barber shops and antique mall.

Groundbreaking ceremonies occurred in November 2010 for the Dallara manufacturing plant at 1200 Main Street. This is the first manufacturing plant outside Parma, Italy for the company. Dallara was selected to provide the new chassis for the 2012 IndyCar series. Other manufacturing plants on the east side of Main Street include Praxair. Praxair is the outgrowth of Linde, the successor of Prest-O-Light, a company owned by Speedway track founders James A. Allison and Carl Fisher.

People who've shaped recent history

Carolyn Runge is credited with the vision for securing historic designation. Runge, who lives within the boundaries, started the Old Speedway City Neighborhood Association.

Under the direction of Charles Bennett, social studies teacher at Speedway Junior High, students cataloged all homes in the original platted area of Speedway. Because of their work, the original 1912 platted boundaries of Speedway City were registered as state and national historic districts.