What’s Bigger: Indy Motor Speedway or The Vatican?

08/09/2014 @ 10:04 am, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS


Yesterday we wondered how many college football stadiums we could fit inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, and today we tackle a different kind of religion (tackle, get it!) in our quest to fathom how big the facilities are here at IMS. So with that in mind, what could be more appropriate than a small city…Vatican City.

The Vatican is is the smallest internationally recognized independent state, by both area (110 acres) and population (842). Can this small country fit inside The Racing Capital of the World? Continue forth to find out.

Readers from yesterday’s post will know already that Indianapolis Motor Speedway consists of 560 acres of land. The oval is a mile-long in length, half a mile in width, and 2.5 miles around.

From a pure acreage perspective we should be able to fit five Vatican Cities inside the total lot size of IMS, though the oval itself is more confining. As it works out, you can only fit two Vaticans in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, if you rotate one of them 180º.

While you’re at it though, you can also add the Roman Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Ponte Vecchio bridge, the Il Duomo di Firenze church, and many a spicy meatball. We’ll leave you to decide who is the Bishop of Indy in this whole religious metaphor, though we would put money down on a Catalan Pontiff.



Source: Google Earth

  • L2C

    Next you’re going to tell us that you can fit both Rhode Island and Vermont in the IMS oval. The Florida Keys and Puerto Rico. Cuba and The Virgin Islands. LOL, I don’t think it’s ever going to end!

  • Gutterslob

    I wonder if Ibiza could fit. Surely a more fun place than the Vatican. Just think of the parties!!

  • Clever use of Google Earth. Me like!

  • exnihilo415

    So it’s big, is what you’re trying to say?

  • L2C

    @ exnihilo415

    No, he’s trying to say Indianapolis Motor Speedway is as big as Italy.