The Month of May is HERE! Every NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 fan has been waiting 12 months for this.
The month of May holds a special place in the hearts of IndyCar fans and personnel alike and this year is no different. The 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is just 28 days away. The track is such a historical venue with many drivers creating history at the Brickyard during the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.
Four-time and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves is embarking on his #DriveForFive which would see him become the first five-time winner if he successfully defends his title with MSR this year.
The Month of May is not just about the Greatest Spectacle In Racing. There are plenty of activities around Indianapolis over the course of the month in the build-up to the race.
IMS President J. Douglas Boles said:
“One of the most important lessons we learned here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the last two years is that the Indy 500 is nothing without its incredible fans and passionate community that support this race in ways that no other sports organization experiences. “I’m proud to show off our signature Hoosier hospitality and work with so many community partners to offer fun, exciting and meaningful events and programs that get race fans involved and support the organizations that help our community thrive.”
There is the driver sign hunt where fans who are in Indianapolis can go and look for their favorite driver’s street sign.
Additionally, this year’s Welcome Race Fans signage in collaboration with the Arts Council of Indianapolis will see the artwork of H. Herin, JD Bills, Mirvia Sol Eckert, Mary Mindiola and Lucie Rice at locations such as Main Street in Speedway, Simon Malls (Castleton, Keystone, Greenwood, Hamilton Townsquare), Indianapolis International Airport, Saks Fifth Avenue at Keystone Mall and the Artsgarden.
After a massively successful campaign in 2021, 500 Spectacle of Homes returns in 2022 to encourage race fans to decorate their yard or home in race-themed fashion, host a fun porch party and show off their amazing civic pride that runs deep within all Hoosiers. This initiative works in tandem with the Harrison Center for the Arts as porch parties become an integral part of 500 Spectacle of Homes. The first porch party celebration of the year will take place Friday, May 6 at the Harrison Center.
New for this year, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host will be the site of a naturalization ceremony Tuesday, May 17, and also the opening day of practice for the Indianapolis 500. In honor of the 500-Mile Race, 33 individuals from around the world will be inducted as United States citizens at the Racing Capital of the World in a first-of-its-kind event at IMS. The event will be held in Pagoda Plaza and is open to the public for those attending practice.
IMS also has expanded its incredibly successful Bike to the 500 initiative in collaboration with Bike Indianapolis to offer fans a safe and healthy commute to the Speedway on Indy 500 Race Day. New this year, the Race Day commute starts at the AMP at 16 Tech and follows a police escort to the racetrack. Bike to the 500 is also expanding to allow for bicycle parking at IMS all month long. To secure a spot in line on Race Day, May 29, cyclists must register in advance here.