It’s time! The 100th annual Indy 500 race — also known as the greatest spectacle in racing — has arrived. We’ve got the five most important things you need to know about the American tradition!
Vroom vroom! If you’re a fan of racing, then this weekend is your Christmas! The Indy 500 is being held May 29 at 12:00 pm PST/ 9:00 am EST in Speedway, Indiana at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s the biggest event in racing by far, and we’ve got five facts you’ll need to know to impress the race car lover in your life this weekend. Check it out!
1. The Indy in the race title stands for Indianapolis.
Okay, so that’s probably a no brainer for you at this point, but the track holds a lot of history and organizers wouldn’t dream of changing venues. Everyone in the area is a big supporter of the race, and people come from all around the country to enjoy the spectacle.
2. 500 represents the miles driven in the race.
The race is compromised of 500 miles that racers have to complete in order to be deemed the winner. The first driver to complete 200 laps on the 2.5 mile asphalt- topped oval track is the winner, simple! That’s a lot of repetition, but it’s far more exciting than it sounds.
3. Winners get an ice cold bottle of milk.
No this is not a joke. Most sports love medals, trophies, accolades of the tangible variety, but at the Indy 500, along with those things, the winners get a bottle of milk. Yup. It’s a tradition that started back in 1936 when the first winner, Louis Meyer, drank a bottle of milk after his win.
4.The Indy 500 is all about tradition.
The race, the party before the start, the fun after the checkered flag, all of it is steep with tradition. If you get the chance to go to the annual Saturday parade don’t miss the an event called the Last Row Party. It is all tradition and it is all fun!
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5. Simon Pagenaud is the race favorite.
Juan Pablo Montoya, 40, is the defending champion from last year, but Simon Pagenaud, 32, might be the one to beat. Simon, who happens to bear a striking resemblance to Jean Girard from Talladega Nights, has won three different races this season. So keep an eye on both of these speed demons.
Are you excited to see the Indy 500 go down this year, HollywoodLifers? Will you be tuning in to see all of the crazy action? Tells us your thoughts on the race below!