Indianapolis 500 Schedule
Some of the best drivers in the world will descend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
this year to compete in one of the sports' elite event, the Indianapolis 500. This even is a part of the IndyCar Series, which
features some of the most talented drivers in the world each and every season. This annual event was first held more than
100 years ago, and it boasts a tradition and pride that few races in the world can match. The 2015 Indianapolis 500 is set
to take place on May 24th, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is sure to be packed to the brim with some of the biggest racing
fans in all the land. Being there for an event of this caliber is something that every racing fan should be a part of when
they get the chance. Make sure you're in the stands when one of your favorite drivers crosses the finish line first. It doesn't
get any better than the Indy 500.
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 race morning. 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."
IndyCar racing is incredible to see in person, as you'll be amazed with the speed that these cars are truly
traveling at. Seeing them in person is a totally different experience than watching a race on TV, and you can truly appreciate
just how difficult it is to keep control of a vehicle at these speeds. At the Indy 500 you'll be treated to seeing some of
the very best drivers on the circuit compete, as this is one of the most prestigious races of the year. That makes the experience
of being there all the more enjoyable, and you don't want to miss out on the opportunity to be there at the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway this time around. Head out to the track for all the high-octane action that you can handle.
Who won the very first running of the Indianapolis 500?
The answer is Ray Harroun, who took home the
checkered flag all the way back in 1911. Harroun's name was forever etched into racing history, but probably even he did not
know that magnitude of his victory at the time. Harroun was able to complete his 200 laps in about six hours and 42 minutes,
cementing him as the official victor of the first race in an event that would become one of the most well-known in the world.
Indianapolis 500 Fans
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. Fans 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. Fans of this race are some of the
most intense racing fans that you'll ever come across, and you can join them in the stands to see this race unfold right in
front of your eyes. The atmosphere at the Indy 500 is difficult to match, and you'll see that the moment the cars start their
engines and hit the track