Tag:Indy 500
Posted on: May 24, 2009 11:25 am

Day at the Races

INDIANAPOLIS - Sunday is the traditional Memorial Day weekend racing doubleheader with both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 vying for attention.

If you're a race fan it's like Christmas in May with two of the biggest races of the year going back to back in Indy and Charlotte. And of course it begs the question of just which one is bigger.

In my world that's a no-brainer. While NASCAR still rules the American racing world in terms of popularity and fandom, the Indy 500 is still "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

I know the last decade has maybe taken its toll on the 500 with the open wheel war and the split in the series seriously damaging interest in the race. But even through the hard times, the pageantry and magic of the Brickyard never disappeared.

This is a worldwide event, a happening and a day on the calendar that transcends this sport into the mainstream. People may only watch one auto race a year and there's a very good chance it's going to be the Indianapolis 500.

While the Coca-Cola 600 is unique to the NASCAR world because of the length and marathon factor of the Charlotte event, it's still just one of 36 races on the Sprint Cup schedule. Daytona, Darlington, Indianapolis and Charlotte are by far the most prestigious on the circuit but there's no way the 600 can measure up to the 500.

As I've said before, it would make a lot of sense if the two tracks and sanctioning bodies worked together to allow interested drivers to run both events. That kind of story and publicity can only help the overall effort in the sport.

I've been told numerous times this weekend that it's not in the cards and the 500 start time of 1 p.m. ET will remain intact for the next several years.

I guess I can live with that. I mean this place and this race have been going for 100 years so they've earned the respect.

I'll be watching the day's nightcap in Charlotte tonight but overall I'm glad that I'm here to witness this 93rd edition of the Indianapolis 500 in person.
Category: Auto Racing
Tags: Indy 500
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