The Indianapolis 50?
July 22, 2020—Next October, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will see a race like never before—a driverless one. The most surprising part about this race, aside from the self-driving cars, is that Tesla is not allowed to compete. The Indy 50 is only open to academic institutions and the Wall Street Journal reports that dozens of universities have already signed up.
In order to qualify for the Indy 50, the EVs will have to complete 20 laps around the infamous 2.5 mile track in under 25 minutes. According to Barron's that means the vehicles will have to average a speed of 120 mph throughout the 50 miles.
The grand prize of the Indy 50 is $1.5 million, a prize that would pique the interest of any university—or automaker for that matter.