Rev Your Engines: Countdown to the Indy 500! Exciting Updates, Trivia, and Specials Coming Your Way

The Indianapolis 500, known to most as the Indy 500, is not just a car race; it’s a century-old tradition that delights motorsport fans around the globe. With the countdown to the next exhilarating edition of the Indy 500 on Sunday, May 26, there’s no better time to gear up and join in the high-speed excitement. Whether you’re a well-versed long-time fan, a new viewer, or simply looking to get in the spirit, here’s your pit stop for all things Indy 500. Get ready to experience the thrill, the speed, and the glory of the Indy 500. 

A Brief History of the Indy 500

Envisioned by businessman Carl Fisher and first held in 1911, the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race has since become an institution in the alluring world of motorsport. Winning the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana is considered one of the greatest achievements in racing. Let’s learn more about this racing event. 

Indy 500 Trivia

Here are a few historical tidbits and trivia facts about the Indy 500 you might find interesting to know and share as you watch the event. 

  • Ray Harroun won the inaugural race, famously using what would become one of the first rearview mirrors in automotive history.
  • The traditional milk celebration by the winner started with Louis Meyer in 1936 because he liked buttermilk. 
  • Three drivers have won the Indy 500 four times. They are A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, and Rick Mears.
  • The race did not occur in 1917-1918 and 1942-1945 due to World Wars.
  • Winners kiss the bricks at the finish line as a tribute to the racing legends who have crossed the finish line before them, a tradition started by Dale Jarrett and his team after winning the Brickyard 400 in 1996.

Interesting Facts About the Venue

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway itself, often referred to as “The Brickyard” due to its original all-brick surface (now only a one-yard strip of bricks remains at the finish line), is hallowed ground for racing aficionados. The Speedway is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world, with a seating capacity of approximately 235,000 permanent seats and infield seating raising total capacity to around 400,000. It’s a city within a city when race day comes around!

The Spirit of the Indy 500

The Indy 500 is a celebration of speed, skill, and drive to cross the finish line first.

a month-long festival to celebrate auto racing. From the iconic balloon release before the start to the heart-stopping action on the track, the event celebrates auto racing among fans and participants, with traditions and stories passed down through generations. 

Countdown to the Indy 500

As we count down to the Indy 500, keep an eye out for the latest updates and driver news that might change the trajectory of the race with promises of unparalleled excitement with high-octane passing and plenty of skilled drivers.

Whether you’re planning to watching the Indy 500 with us, from the stands, or the comfort of your home, we’re looking forward to seeing this annual pursuit of speed, competition, and excellence. So, get ready to rev your engines for one of motorsport’s greatest spectacles.