In the early 1950s America was experiencing a resurgence after WWII at the same time dealing with a polio epidemic. Meanwhile in Indianapolis, Eli Lilly is developing a vaccine to prevent the disease despite the fact it has not been FDA approved. A great gamble was made by Lilly Co to produce enormous amounts of the vaccine that could be destroyed if they aren't approved. Amongst all of this activity, Racing Indy was born.
The team was started by a number of the Eli Lilly factory workers to pass the time on breaks and weekends. The team grew and became champions of the city and later the state. Civic leaders were looking for their 2nd professional team (Joining minor league Indianapolis Indians) and seeing the success of the Lilly company team, decided a Soccer Club could do quite well in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis joined America League in 1953 and had their first of 6 Premier League championships in 1961 and have won 2 US Open Cups. They play their matches on the northside at Broad Ripple Park. They’ve spent most of their history in the Premier League and have been one of the most successful smaller market clubs, even attracting world class talent like George Best and David Beckham.
The team's name is influenced by the strong racing culture in and around Indianapolis. The crest features a checkerboard pattern at the top with a R.I. initial logo. Black & White are their primary colors with pops of red.
The team's primary uniforms feature a tonal checkerboard pattern and hints of red (inspired by a "red line") while the change kits are "Green Light" with checkerboard cuffs on the jerseys and socks.
Location: Indianapolis, IN / Nickname: Racers / Stadium: Broad Ripple Park / Founded: 1953