This year the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is celebrating a once in a lifetime anniversary as it plays host to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 29.
The Indianapolis 500 is not only the centre-piece of the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule but it is also a highlight of the entire motorsport calendar alongside the Monaco Grand Prix an the Le Mans 24 Hours. Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, Scott Dixon from Chip Ganassi Racing is preparing for his debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Dixon has won the Indianapolis 500 in 2008. Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion and winner of the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg Juan Pablo Montoya has won the Indianapolis 500 twice in three starts and has taken victory at the Monaco Grand Prix in Formula One in 2003.
Dixon and Montoya along with the rest of the 33 car field lining up for this year’s Indianapolis 500 will be hoping that they can mark this historic occasion with victory.
If you are a fan of motorsport this event is one that should NOT be missed not only is the Brickyard a wonderful venue but along with the 100th running of the race, all female team Grace Autosport led by Beth Paretta will compete at the event with Katherine Legge driving for the team and speaking to Paddock Eye about the team, IndyCar legend Mario Andretti stated:
I have no idea how they will do, but I hope they do well because they are an asset to the field. Also, because of the magnitude of the event, it’s a great opportunity for them to showcase their skills.
This year’s race for the famous Borg Warner will not only be a special one for the driver who makes it into Victory Lane on May 29 but for the fans who will be fortunate enough to be at the event they will be able to share in the victory celebrations as 100,000 bottles of milk will be made available so that fans can take part in traditional drinking of milk at the end of the race.
So what makes racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway so special? Well, that is a question that Paddock Eye put to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe when we spoke to him on Monday.
You know why? I honestly think it just comes down to the history of the place. It’s obviously a very challenging race track but there challenging race tracks in other parts of the world that other series race on or whatever but Indianapolis just has something you can’t buy. You can give Hermann Tilke an unlimited budget and some country no one has ever heard of and say hey, build a great new race track and that’s fine but you just can’t buy history, and this is the longest running race, our 100th running, one of the oldest race tracks in the country, probably the world and when you look at whose raced here, the races that have happened here, it’s the who’s who of racing greats and legends and it’s some of the greatest races of all time and that’s just not something you can buy so for me, that’s what makes Indy Indy, it’s just 100 years now of history and tradition that you simply can’t replicate.
So if you would like to be part of history, you still have time to get tickets for the race by visiting – http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/indy500/buy-tickets