I have been a fan of the Indy 500 for as long as I can remember. My dad always made sure we were in front of the TV set when the big race came around. Sometimes we were even lucky enough to see them drive by in person! Unfortunately, those days are long gone. But that doesn’t mean the Indy 500 is any less exciting to watch now than it was many years ago. In fact, it probably goes hand-in-hand with the increasing popularity of stock car racing. There are a lot more stories about cars than there are about horses, after all. And the sound effects are pretty cool too.
This is one of the reasons I was so excited when I heard that NASCAR was bringing its big event to Indianapolis. I had never been to a NASCAR race, but I had always wanted to see one live. The chance to make the Indy 500 and a NASCAR race happen at the same time was almost too good to be true. But then… it was.
Indy and NASCAR may have some similarities, but they are still two very different beasts. It turns out that Indianapolis is not quite big enough to hold a NASCAR race – not even once. But that means we’re going to have to find somewhere else to see the Next Generation of Motorsport. And that’s what’s scaring me. Is there any other place on TV that has the same level of excitement as the Indy 500?
Why The F Word?
For those of you who aren’t familiar, the F Word is an American spelling app. And as its name would suggest, the app is focused on fixing the “F” words that people commonly misspell. For example, if you type in “rare”, the F Word app will suggest “rarity” and “fragile” as possible alternatives. It also has word suggestions for when you’re specifically looking for an “F” word: “fallacy”, “fraud”, and “femininity” are just a few examples.
The point of all this is that you may know how to spell “rare”, but you probably haven’t heard of most of these words. The F Word app makes sure that you do. And that’s one of the reasons why it’s such a popular app with millennials. They grew up in a world inundated with new information and digital distractions. One hand-held device could be all it takes to keep them entertained. The other reason is that it’s simple to use and very reliable. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back to Google Search again.
Indy Vs. NASCAR
I know what you’re thinking. Indianapolis is so much closer to home than any other city that we get to choose from when it comes to major sporting events. But putting on a spectacle is not the only reason why the Indy 500 was chosen to host the first ever NASCAR race. There are actually a few other factors at play here.
The most obvious is that Indy is the capital of Indiana – the biggest state in the union. It also happens to be home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 3.7-mile outdoor racing track. It was first built in 1909 and has been holding its annual event ever since. The track is truly a world-class attraction. And if you’re a car fan, there are a lot of iconic Indy cars that you can’t help but miss.
Another advantage to having the Indy 500 in Indianapolis is that it gives us a leg up on the competition. About a month before the big race, the organizers of the Indy 500 will begin mailing out applications for tickets. This early bird ticketing window gives us an opportunity to grab some good seats before the supply is exhausted. Better yet, if you’re looking for an even better price, you can usually find some tickets on the secondary market. This is probably because many people don’t need tickets for the Indy 500; they simply want to be able to follow the race. However, if you’re looking for a good deal on a NASCAR ticket, you may have to search high and low for them. Indy is still the biggest name in stock car racing, so you’d think that more people would want to go to the big game. But with more than half of the tickets sold out for the first race, it seems that not everyone is that excited about NASCAR coming to town.
A One-Night Stand
There’s something about a one-night stand that makes it so special. You may have had one or two of these in your lifetime, but you probably didn’t think much about them. They are typically short-lived, fun affairs that you look back on fondly. For some reason, this type of encounter often leaves a lasting impression on the people that engage in it. And for those lucky enough to be part of the first generation of one-night stands, they may even see it as a milestone in their lifetimes. It’s no wonder that so many people are excited about the upcoming Indy 500. For the first time ever, the INDYCAR Grand Prix will be held in the same city as the famous Indianapolis 500. And with tickets going for as much as $18,000 – almost as much as a monthly mortgage payment – there’s no telling how many people will be showing up just for that one race. It’s going to be crazy!
One thing you need to keep in mind is that having the Indy 500 in the same city as the NASCAR race is mostly for marketing purposes. The cars and the participants are still going to be traveling to and from the track. So you may end up having more in common with the people you’re hanging out with than you do with the locals. That being said, it’s still going to be fun to take in a game from the comfort of your couch. And who knows? Maybe you’ll even see some celebrities there too. The upside to the whole thing is that it’ll be an experience that you won’t soon forget.
A Historic Celebration
The biggest draw to the Indianapolis 500 is, without a doubt, the racing. The event is considered to be the Superbowl of car racing. And it has the distinction of being the oldest continuously run motor race in the country. This year will be the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500, so it would be fitting to celebrate. Not only is it a historic moment for the city of Indianapolis, but it’s also the beginning of April, which is historically notorious for being the start of spring. There will be parades and festivals and balls and dinners to celebrate. It’ll be a week-long festival of sorts that takes place in the capital city.
In addition to the racing, the Indy 500 is also famous for its elaborate pre-race festivities. There will be marching bands and dancers and celebrity appearances and, of course, food trucks and lots of sunshine. It’ll be like a mini-renaissance. The 500 also celebrates its military roots with an interesting logo that features a row of five white stars on a blue background. The insignia is a combination of the military seals of the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, and the United States Air Force.
So, is there any chance that we’ll see a speedway on TV tonight? Not likely. The Indy 500 is a special event, and it has the potential to be one of the biggest events this year. But even if you want to see a NASCAR race live – and who wouldn’t, since it’s one of the biggest sporting events of the year – you’re bound to miss it. The final preparations for the big race are now underway, so if you’d like to go to Indy this year and get a good seat, you should probably start making your plans now. And if you’re looking for some historical significance, you’ll have to search the web or look in a history book for the name of the first ever NASCAR race. It was called the Ford Classic, and it took place in Dearborn, Michigan, in 1950. It was originally designed as a one-off event for that year, but it became an annual tradition from then on out.