The Indiana General Assembly has approved a bill creating an Indiana Motorsports Investment District that will capture growth in sales and income taxes at the commercial property that includes the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for future investment in the track, including upgrades and improvements to the facility. House Bill 1544 passed the House and Senate is on its way to the desk of Gov. Mike Pence.
In addition to the Investment District, the bill provides for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to oversee a fund for motorsports businesses statewide to apply for loans to assist with economic development projects and facility improvements.
"We appreciate the hard work done by state lawmakers to ensure Indiana remains the worldwide leader in motorsports," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "This legislation will allow us to make transformative improvements to our 104-year-old facility over the next several years that will greatly enhance the fan experience."
According to the legislation, IMS will receive a loan from the state for up to $5 million per year for 20 years to complete capital improvement projects. The loan will be repaid through the anticipated increases in income and sales tax collections at IMS and will be guaranteed by IMS' parent company, Hulman & Co. In addition, IMS will contribute $2 million per year, $40 million total, over 20 years toward the improvements. The legislation also creates an Indiana motorsports fund where the state will provide up to an additional $5 million per year to the IEDC for loans to motorsports businesses and tracks interested in making improvements to their facilities.
"The impact of motorsports in Indiana is felt in all 92 counties, and this industry provides 23,000 direct jobs statewide that pay an average wage of nearly $63,000 per year," said Tom Weisenbach, Indiana Motorsports Association executive director. "Our state lawmakers understand the significant economic impact of our industry, and we greatly appreciate their support as we look to grow our state's economy."