Speedway is a term which can mean different things across the world, though it generally refers to some form of motorsport. In the United States, it is usually a reference to the oval-shaped racing tracks utilised by sports such as NASCAR racing.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the most famous of these venues in America, and dates back to 1909. It has become well-known across the world as the venue which hosts the iconic Indianapolis 500 motor race.
But Speedway in the UK and Europe is a term which refers to the sport of Motorcycle Speedway. This sport consists of four to six motorbike riders competing on a dirt track. They race around the track in a clockwise direction, on machines which have no brakes. This means that the event is characterised by the power slides riders use to negotiate the bends in the track. It attracts big crowds across Europe to its main events.