Seven Things you Should Know about The Greatest Spectacle in Racing


With its unique blend of rich traditions and technological innovations, the Indianapolis 500 truly lives up to the moniker “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Here are seven things you know about the Indianapolis 500 and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1. The race can reach about 140 decibels, roughly the same level as the deck of an aircraft carrier.

Even with ear plugs, which are a must, the noise is unlike anything most people will ever experience. It actually gets loudest under the grandstands, where the noise reverberates. Many spectators cite the noise as one of the main attractions of the Indianapolis 500.

2. How it became the Brickyard

After the original surface broke down, the race track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was replaced with 3.2 million paving bricks. A 36-inch strip of the original bricks remain on the front straightaway.

3. The Milk Tradition

Like many of the best traditions, drinking milk after the race was not planned. Louis Meyer drank milk after many of his races, and it just so happened it was captured on camera when he did so in Victory Lane in 1936. Nearly every Indianapolis 500 winner since has followed in his footsteps.

4. Tribute to Jeff Gordon

To pay tribute to Jeff Gordon, who is in his last NASCAR season, Townsend Bell chose the No. 24 car for the Indy 500. Bell had the car painted with the same colors and same font as Gordon’s No. 24 car. Gordon, who has won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway five times, will drive the pace car for the Indy 500. The only thing that would make the tribute even better would be if Bell can pull off an improbable victory.

5. You can bring your own cooler.

The Indianapolis 500 is one of the last major sporting events where you do not have to leave your seat or pay through the nose every time you want a cold beverage. Of all of the Indianapolis 500 traditions, this one may be the best.

6. Helio Castroneves has a chance to tie the record for most Indianapolis 500 victories with four.

Every Indy 500 is a special experience, but the chance to witness history in the making is always special. No active driver can match Helio’s three Indy 500 victories, and a fourth would put him in truly rare company along with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. Castroneves was the last rookie to win the Indianapolis 500, back in 2001.

7. Florida Georgia Line Will Play on Legends Day

Even if country music is not your cup of tea, there is no doubt Florida Georgia Line is one of the best fun-and-sun bands going. It is nearly impossible to watch them perform without having a smile on your face.