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It's Always a Good Time to Visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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On: Tue, May 6, 2014 at 6:56AM | By: Gary P Garry

It's Always a Good Time to Visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The Indianapolis 500 is an almost mythical event that holds a great deal of importance in the American psyche. It is like the Super Bowl of automobile racing, with the event taking place on the hallowed grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway in our nation's heartland. If you win a car race, that's good. If you win the Indianapolis 500, you are a made man (or woman) forever.

“The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” takes place over Memorial Day weekend, so it is synonymous with the beginning of summer. The Kentucky Derby is run on the first Saturday in May. The Indianapolis 500 typically happens over the last weekend of May. One of these American traditions involves horses, and the other involves a whole lot of horsepower.

How popular is the Indianapolis 500? About 300,000 people show up in person every year, crowding every nook and cranny of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grounds. Millions of people sit riveted in front of their television sets watching the amazing examples of modern automotive engineering accelerate around the oval.

The first Indianapolis 500 took place in 1911. The winner was Ray Harroun, a Pennsylvania native who was born in 1879. There is no doubt that Ray was psyched about winning the race, but he had no way of knowing the history that would follow.

This year the Indy 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 25. The race itself is going to start at a little bit after noon, but there will be a full slate of activities prior to the race.

Clearly, if you can make it to the Indy 500 even once in your life, you have crossed a big one off your bucket list. However, if you are unwilling or unable to brave the crowds, you can still make a meaningful pilgrimage to Indianapolis Motor Speedway any time of the year.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is located right on the grounds of the speedway. The museum was opened back in 1952, and it houses an incredible store of history. Obviously, the focus is on the Indianapolis 500, but there are other extraordinary pieces of automotive history on display.

There are a number of cars being exhibited that won the Indianapolis 500, including the classic driven by Ray Harroun during that inaugural year of 1911.

If you can make it on race day you have the whole enchilada, but whenever you can get to Indianapolis, a fantastic time awaits you at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


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