Indianapolis 500 is the world’s most famous auto racing event, held every year in the United States. Sports cars with open wheels take part in the competition.
Indianapolis 500 is the most famous and oldest race, running since 1911. It’s characterized by great prestige. In its history, the Indianapolis 500 was part of Formula One, the AAA Championship, the CART standings, and other prestigious championships.
8 days before the start of Indianapolis 500, qualification takes place, determined by a driver’s total time for 4 laps. Qualification times determine starting places on the grid, and pilots then take part in Fast Nine or Last Chance. In 1936, the Indianapolis 500 winner’s trophy was introduced. This is a human-sized cup, on which the year of the race, the winner’s face, name, and the facial features of all participants are engraved. This a cup is stored in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 500 Museum, and a small copy of it is awarded to the winner.
Here are some interesting facts about the Indianapolis 500:
- In 1977, a woman entered the races for the first time.
- The US anthem and the unofficial anthem of Indiana are always played before races.
- Each year, the winner’s cup increases in size to accommodate the facial features of all the participants.
When is Indianapolis 500 celebrated in 2024?
Indianapolis 500 in 2022 will be observed on May 26.