The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team based in Indianapolis. They compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference. The Pacers were established in 1967 as an original member of the American Basketball Association (ABA) and became a member of the NBA in 1976 as a result of the ABA–NBA merger. The team is named after the state of Indiana's history with the Indianapolis 500's pace cars and with the harness racing industry. The Pacers have had a mixed history, with periods of success and periods of struggle. They won three league championships while playing in the ABA, but had only two non-losing seasons and two playoff appearances in their first 13 years in the NBA. However, they have made the playoffs 13 times in the last 14 years.