2014 Indianapolis 500 Schedule
The premier event of the 2014 IndyCar Series season will be here before you know
it! The 98th Indianapolis 500 is set to be hosted at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 25, 2014.
as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," it is 200 laps on the 2.5-mile oval, covering 500 miles.
If you're a racing fan,
this event is the pinnacle of the racingseasonthat you anticipate all year long! This year,fans can expect to see Tony Kanaan,
of Brazil, take the track as the defending champion.The race also expects to have at least four former Indianapolis 500 winners
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Indianapolis 500 History
The Indianapolis 500 has been an annual event since 1911, with the
exception of 1917-18 as well as 1942-45 during America's involvement in World War I and World War II.
Part of the Indianapolis
500's history is the traditional song, "Indiana." Published in 1917, "Back Home Again in Indiana" was said to have been played
as Howdy Wilcox ran out his final laps on the way to winning the 1919 Indy 500. But it was not until 1946 that was sung on
James Melton, a collector of classic cars, supplied several of the vehicles which participated in a morning
lap of classic autos around the track. Melton was also a part of the New York Metropolitan Opera Company. About 45 minutes
before the start of the race, he sang "Indiana" with the Purdue University band over the public address system. The song was
so well-received that he was invited back the next year. In 1948, it was decided to "move it up" to its current slot in the
order of the day - just before the engines were fired up.
Some of Melton's successors have included: Dinah Shore, Vic
Damone, Mel Torme, Dennis Morgan, Johnny Desmond and Ed Ames, with the popular Jim Nabors having missed just a handful of
years since 1972.
By 1950, another famous tradition took hold. Multi-colored balloons were set off on race day morning.
The balloons were timed to be released with the final notes of "Back Home Again in Indiana."
Trivia and Fun Facts
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) has a total acreage of 1,025 acres, which includes the track,
Brickyard Crossing Golf Course and all parking lots. Parking takes up 750 acres with the IMS oval taking up 253 acres. The
Rose Bowl, Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium, the Roman Coliseum and Vatican City could all fit inside the IMS oval.
has 26 bridges, six tunnels and 17 grandstands. If the seat boards from the grandstands were placed end-to-end, they would
stretch 99.5 miles. According to records from the 2009 Indianapolis 500, more than 16,000 gallons, or two tanker trucks of
Coca-Cola products were consumed during the prestigious event. More than 14,000 Miller Lite and other beer products were sold,
and if you laid the Indy Dogs end-to-end, they would circle the 2.5 mile IMS oval more than two times.
Burgers, more than 10,000 pounds worth, would weigh about six IZOD Indy cars and track fries sold that year - more than 24,000
pounds - are equal to the weight of an elephant!
And, what are burgers and fries without ketchup? More than 475 gallons
or 10 bathtubs full were used!
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is forever evolving, promising
a fan experience to remember. The Social Media Garage boasted another remarkable year interacting with fans and welcoming
drivers, riders and celebrities for all of their events.
This year is said to be even more thrilling as the Social Media
Garage has many exciting events in store for fans, including exclusive interviews with the biggest drivers and riders.
are also invited to test their knowledge with trivia to win prizes, take laps at IMS on their racing simulators, meet with
bloggers and VIPs on location and participate in the interactive Facebook and Twitter contests.
Having the opportunity
to interact with your favorite Indianapolis 500 media teammates live and in person is nothing short of incredible! Be a part
of racing history. Go experience the thrill of watching your favorite driver this year at the Indianapolis 500!
Sure, you can watch the Indianapolis 500 happening on television, but there is nothing in the world like
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