With all of the construction happening at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a part of Project 100, let’s take a closer look at the origin of the most iconic structure at IMS – The Panasonic Pagoda.
In 1913, a four-tier tower of the Japanese pagoda design was erected.
This structure stood until 1925 when it was razed with fire after the 1925 Indianapolis 500 to be replaced with a similar yet slightly larger structure for the 1926 race. As speeds increased, officials felt the original Pagoda was built too close to the track, therefore, the new Pagoda was built further back from the main straightaway.
The current Panasonic Pagoda was built during the massive construction project from 1998-2000 at IMS that included the original, 2.605-mile road course, Formula One-style pit side garages and the media center.
The Panasonic Pagoda adds an epic element to the IMS skyline and centers on the historic start-finish line. It has nine tiers or viewing levels and reaches a height of 153 feet, equal to a 13-story building. The flagpole on top of the structure extends to 199 feet.
The Yard of Bricks runs from the track’s start/finish line, underneath the Panasonic Pagoda tower and into the middle of the plaza where large video screens show on-track action and messages. The area is an ideal location for spectators and families to relax during the festivities next May!