Tonight’s the big night. The Indianapolis 500. The greatest spectacle in auto racing. A showcase for American ingenuity and talent. IndyCar’s biggest event. Fans have been waiting a long time for this day. The anticipation is almost more than you can handle. The adrenaline will be pumping. The excitement is tangible. It won’t be easy to take your eyes off the screen. For those of us lucky enough to be able to attend, it should be a fantastic event. One of the greatest ever. You won’t want to miss a single second. But is it going to be as good as everyone is making it out to be? Or will it be yet another disappointment? Let’s dive in and take a look.
What Is Going On This Year?
The 2018 Indianapolis 500 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years in a long time. It was only earlier this year that we started seeing some of the big name drivers in action. A few have already won races this year. The IndyCar Series is at the peak of its power and popularity. The sport is being televised more than ever before, with many races being carried live on network channels. With a larger viewership comes a larger crowd. There are more people going to the race, and for longer. We might even see a return of some of the old-school fans who grew up with racing being a part of their lives. While modern technology has taken the novelty of watching cars race in real time out of the equation, it has brought a more intimate connection to the fans. Seeing the cars and the drivers up close and personal is something that has been lost in the shuffle. Whatever the case may be, this year’s edition of the Indianapolis 500 promises to be a memorable event. Let’s take a quick look at the upcoming schedule:
When Is The Race?
The Indy 500 is scheduled to take place on Sunday May 24th this year. The race will start at 12:00 noon local time, and will end at approximately 8:30 pm local time. This will make it a 15-hour day, which is actually shorter than usual. Most of us will be able to watch the race live, but a lot of venues are opening their doors early, so if you want to join the party, you’ll need to be there by 11:00 am. Luckily, it’s going to be one of the most exciting and engaging races of the year. A day that you won’t want to miss.
Where Is The Race Located?
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is located in Speedway, Indiana. It’s a unique place. A racing mecca. Where else would an entire sport be based? The track holds the record for the “Speedway World Record”, and since it is the home of the Indy 500, it’s not difficult to see why. The track itself is 18th hole of a golf course, with three turns that are equivalent to a complete lap of the track. In comparison, Formula One races are conducted on a street circuit. The turns and hills of a golf course may not look like much, but it makes a significant difference in the way the cars handle. The additional grip makes it easier to push harder. Driving a golf cart doesn’t hurt either. This is one of the unique aspects of the Indy 500. It allows for more strategy and more daring passes. As a result, the spectacle is that much more exciting. It’s a combination of things that make the Speedway so special. The uniqueness of the location and the shape of the track. The intimacy of the grandstands and the sound of the engines. The experience of being at the race isn’t something that you get just anywhere. If you want to see the best in IndyCar, you’ll need to be there. Especially today. The organizers are really going all-out to make sure that everyone has an unforgettable experience. It’s the biggest event in the county, and they want to make sure that it’s as good as it can be. It’s a credit to them that it’s even happening. If you can make it there, you’ll see something special. Something that you will remember for the rest of your life. Hopefully, it will be a positive experience. One that you will want to share with your friends and family, so that they can experience it with you. It will be one of the highlights of the year. For drivers and fans, it couldn’t come at a better time. The momentum seems to be building, and it’s about time for the Indianapolis 500. Exciting times ahead.