Travel Spotlight: Indianapolis 500
By Brandon Dudley March 22, 2011
Typically over 257,000 people will set their sights on 33 cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They will watch as the cars make 200 laps in an effort to determine which car and driver can drive 500 miles the fastest. And within 4 hours one driver will earns the title of the Indianapolis 500 winner.
Now let’s be honest… Watching cars drive laps on television is one thing. And die-hard motor-sport fans will be glued to their televisions in late May. But why not see the race in person? Grab a group of friends and head to Indianapolis already! And while you’re packing, check out these fun facts about the Indy 500:
- * The Indy 500 is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s one of the largest spectator facilities in the world.
- * This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500. The first race, in 1911, was won by Ray Harroun.
- * In addition to Harroun, Andretti, Mears, Foyt, Rossi, Unser, Gordon, Schumacher, and Earnhardt have all graced the speedway with their presence.
- * Each lap around the speedway is equivalent to 2.5 miles.
- * The youngest winner of the race was Troy Ruttman. He was 22 years old. The oldest winner was Al Unser. He was 5 days shy of 48 years old.
- * As a tradition, the winner of the race drinks a post-race glass of milk in Victory Lane.
- * Five women have competed in the Indy 500: Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, and Milka Duno.
- * Indy race cars can accelerate from 0 to 100 in 4 seconds.
- * In addition to hosting the Indy 500, Indianapolis also boasts over 200 downtown restaurants and bars, the three story Circle Centre Mall, the renowned Indianapolis Zoo, and the Chateau Thomas Winery.
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