In case there are some of you who are not familiar with this event, Indianapolis 500, formerly known as the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, is an annual automobile race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in a suburban town of Speedway, Indiana, U.S. For those who still don’t recall, it’s one of the world’s best-attended single day sporting events. This Motor race event has over a century-long history.
Founded in 1911, Indy 500 will run its 106th Car Race Spectacle on May 29th this year. The event attracts over 300,000 racing fans every year that are eager to see their favorite show.
The Indy 500 racetrack was built in 1909 as a testing facility for the local automotive industry and turned out to become part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, which comprises three of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world, including Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of le Mans. The race is 500 miles with over 200 laps. The track itself is 2.5 miles. Typically, it takes about 3 hours, give or take 30 minutes, to complete the race. Over the entire history of this prestigious motor race event a lot of traditions have emerged, with some of them being quite amusing. For instance, the winner of the Indy 500 drinks an ice-cold bottle of milk in Victory Lane. This tradition came about in 1936, when Louis Meyer asked for a glass of buttermilk after he had just won his third Indy 500. Sitting atop his No. 8 machine, exhausted from ‘making history as the first person to win the race for a third time’.
"It was a hot day. I came into the garage area... and all I could think of was some nice, cold buttermilk," commented Louis Meyer in an interview afterwords.