50 Indianapolis Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Indianapolis is well known for hosting the massive, annual single-day sporting event in the world – the Indianapolis 500. The city values sports so much that it has 11 professional sports teams; three national collegiate teams and multiple minor league teams.

Indianapolis Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers – 2022 – 2023

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This trivia will wow you with intriguing facts about Indianapolis. Explore the quiz below!


1. Who won the first Indianapolis 500?

Ray Harroun


2. What’s another name for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

The Brickyard


3. Where in Indiana is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?



4. Indianapolis is the largest city in Indiana. True or False?



5. What’s the name of the Harry Potter-esque dinosaur in Indianapolis?

Dracorex hogwartsia


6. On which holiday weekend is the Indianapolis 500 held?


7. Why is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway also known as the Brickyard?

The track was paved with bricks.


8. Who was the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500?

Janet Guthrie


9. Who was the first non-American-born driver to win the Indianapolis 500?

Jules Goux


10. What, by tradition, do winners of the Indianapolis 500 drink after the race?



11. In the first 99 runnings of the Indianapolis 500, the fastest race winner averaged more than 200 mph (322 kph).



12. What was raced in the first competitive event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in 1909?



13. The first Indianapolis 500 was held in 1911. It took until 2016 to reach the 100th running. Why?

World Wars I and II


14. Which Indianapolis citizen was the first American to vote from space?

David Wolf


15. Over 1,700 Naptownians hold the record for doing what in 2011?

For simultaneously performing the “stop, drop, and roll” fire safety technique.


16. Where would racecar fans go in Indianapolis?

Indianapolis Motor Speedway


17. Where would you go if you’re an RPG fan?

Gen Con


18. What lovable children’s toy was invented in Indianapolis?

The Raggedy Ann Doll


19. This Naptown native wrote “Cat’s Cradle” and “Slaughterhouse-Five”.

Kurt Vonnegut


20. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the largest children’s museum in the world. True or False?



21. What is the largest single-day sporting event in the world?

The Indy 500


22. What is another name for the “Circle of Lights”?

World’s largest Christmas Tree


23. What is the nickname for the home ground of the Indianapolis Colts?

Peyton’s Place or The Luke


24. In Indianapolis, it is not uncommon to have a burger with _______.

Cream Cheese


25. Who among the following: Walter Chrysler, Louis Chevrolet or Ransom Olds, was the one who raced in the Indy 500?

Walter Chrysler


26. Before the advent of this device in the 1911 Indy 500, passengers called riding mechanics watched for cars coming up behind. Name the device.

Rear view mirror


27. He won the Indianapolis 500 race four times, his brother Bobby won it 3 times. Who is he?

Al Unser


28. This Texan known by his initials holds the record for most Indy 500 starts with 35, 1958-1992. Name him?

Aj Foyt


29. Now tragically deceased, this British racer won in 2011, the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500. What was his name?

Dan Wheldon


30. It was hard keeping up with this 1963 Indy 500 winner, he was the first driver to turn an official lap here at over 150 miles per hour. Name him.

Parnelli Jones


31. Originally trained as a pilot, at 39 she became the 1st woman to race in the Indianapolis 500. Who was she?

Janet Guthrie


32. After a scary 2017 crash, both men walked away, thanks in part to the HANS device; the acronym HANS refers to which two body parts?

Head and the Neck


33. A car driven by George Robson is one of only 2 Indy 500 winners to use an engine with only 6 of?



34. This doozy of a car won the 1924, ’25 & ’27 Indy 500s. Name it?



35. The 1946 Kurtis Ross Page Special that raced in the first Indy 500 after World War II had this clear plastic for its windshield, much lighter than traditional material?



36. This Scot, the winner of the 2012 Indy 500, at the time was the son-in-law of country superstar Naomi Judd. Name him.



37. In 1965 this British racing car with a flower name won the Indy 500, averaging 150.686 mph, a record at that time. What is the name of the car?



38. In 1975, he became the first actor to drive the Indy 500 pace car — a Buick V8, not Rockford’s Pontiac Firebird. What is his name?

James Garner


39. If you went out every night in downtown Indy, how long would it take before you were forced to go to the same place twice?

A year


40. Jay Stokes of Indianapolis holds the Guinness World Record for?

Most skydives in 24 hours at 640 jumps.


41. Why is Indiana called the “Crossroads of America”?

Because Indianapolis has more interstate legs than anywhere else in the U.S. with six interstate highways cutting through the city.


42. Indianapolis has eight sister cities around the world. Where are they located?

In Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, China, Brazil, the U.K., and India.


43. Known in the industry as “the King of Cool,” which actor was from Indianapolis?

Steve McQueen


44. The Lucas Oil Stadium roof takes how long to open?

Eight minutes


45. Indianapolis Motor Speedway was originally paved with how many bricks, earning it the name “Brickyard”?

3.2 million bricks


46. Indianapolis replaced which city as the state capital of Indiana in 1821?



47. Which is the third largest cemetery in the United States that is located in Indianapolis?

Crown Hill Cemetery


48. Name one of the city’s most popular bars, which was a stop on the Underground Railroad?

Slippery Noodle Inn


49. The famous ballpark song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was written by Indianapolis native known as?

Albert Von Tilzer


50. Name one of the country’s largest municipal parks in Indianapolis?

Eagle Creek Park



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