OFFICIAL INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY HISTORIAN
Of the numerous Hollywood “epics” of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s in which the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has either been featured or at least touched upon, only three films were actually MADE here.
This is to say, where the principal actors and actresses specifically traveled to the premises for the purpose of shooting scenes, as opposed to doing so in a Hollywood studio and having their scenes later edited in with “mock” racing action and/or newsreel footage.
The three were Speedway (1929), To Please A Lady (1950) and Winning (1969).
All of the others such as The Crowd Roars (1932), Speed (1935), The Blond Comet (1941), The Big Wheel (1949) and The Roar Of The Crowd (1953) having been “studio jobs.”