…is the Indianapolis 500. I’m not sure how many years in a row this will be for me, but I’m so excited that I thought I’d share 5 reasons why I love this race so much!
1. It’s a huge Indiana tradition.
I started going to the Indy 500 as a little girl. That’s me in the picture below sitting on the tire – as well as my dad holding my shy little brother, and my cousins Kiely and Taryn (and I think the older man with the white hat is my grandpa – aka PawPaw). Not sure what year that car is from, but it’s definitely an older one. The race has been around since 1911 so over 100 years now! Crazy!
2. Close to 400,000 people attend every year.
400,000 people! Yes, you saw that correctly. The Indy 500 is the largest single-day sporting event in the entire world! Although I’m not a fan of large crowds, this is entirely different. The track is obviously huge so it doesn’t feel that crowded. The years I’ve attended as an adult (over 21) have all been in the infield of the track (the image below shows the turn 3 infield – so. many. people.). Basically it’s one big party while the cars are racing around loud as can be.
3. The cars go an average of 230mph.
We always sit in turn 3 of the infield so you can stand right up to the fence and see the track. When they get up to full speed you can’t even tell what car is what because they are going so incredibly fast. I mean, can you imagine driving a car going 230mph?! That’s insane! Nascar only gets up to around 190mph. It’s also very scary to go that fast because the cars crash more easily. The drivers don’t have much protection over them so it’s a miracle they usually walk away unharmed.
4. It’s one of the cheapest sporting events to go to.
Tickets to the infield are only $30 (they used to only be $20, but they raised it a few years ago) and you can bring everything in that you want. Beer, liquor (as long as they aren’t in glass containers), cups, food, blankets, coolers, cameras, etc. Not many sporting events let you bring our own alcohol or food so you definitely save a ton this way!
5. It’s a fun event to hang out with all your friends.
I would say that majority of my friends from Indiana go to the race every year (image below is from last year – before walking into the track). I see tons of people I haven’t seen all year at the race. It’s fun to walk around (mostly turn 3 where all the young people hang out) and see everyone. It’s also a great people-watching event. There are definitely some interesting people that attend. I’m talking longest mullets I’ve ever seen. Men’s jorts (aka – jean shorts) so short and tight that you see e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. Men should never wear jean shorts. Ever. Oh, but my boyfriend will be joining in with them wearing jorts, tie-dye cut off t-shirt and a straw hat.
Also, for all you Bachelorette fans out there here’s a fun fact: Arie from this season (Emily Maynard) is the son of two-time Indy 500 winner/legend Arie Luyendyk. I’m sure he will (Arie Jr.) be at the race on Sunday so I’ll keep my eye for him (haha, in all 400,000 people). I am rooting for him in this season of the Bachelorette. He is super cute and seems very into her.
Happy Friday everyone! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!