IRL: Guide to Indianapolis 500

By David Reininger - Motorsport.com Which single U.S. city plays host to Winston Cup, a NHRA National, sprint cars, midgets, supercross, Formula One and Indy cars? It's Indianapolis, home the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the 85th running of...

By David Reininger - Motorsport.com

Which single U.S. city plays host to Winston Cup, a NHRA National, sprint cars, midgets, supercross, Formula One and Indy cars? It's Indianapolis, home the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the 85th running of the Indy 500, which celebrates opening day on Sunday, May 6.

Activities on opening day at the Speedway include a driver's autograph session from 11:00 - 12:30 and opening day ceremonies at 1:00 p.m. The track will then be open for practice from 1:15 to 6:00 p.m.

>From Indianapolis Raceway Park on the west side to the Speedrome on the east, Indianapolis sets the stage for unparalleled diversity along the racing spectrum. Although the Indianapolis Motor Speedway takes center stage during the month of May, central Indiana hosts racing to suit all tastes. Fans visiting Indianapolis for the 500 have plenty of opportunity to attend several different types of automobile races.

Motorsport.com's race chaser schedule for Indianapolis will have you on your way to becoming a nationally recognized race chaser in less than thirty days. Get out your copy of Allan Brown's "National Speedway Directory" (a must for all race chasers) for directions. Ladies and gentleman, start your engines.

<pre> RACES

May 5 - Saturday Indianapolis Raceway - Park CARS Late Models and Trucks Anderson Speedway - Modifieds, Trucks, Figure 8s and Street Stocks Speedrome - Stocks, Late Models, Figure 8s Lincoln Park Speedway- Sprint Cars, Modifieds

May 6 - Sunday Winchester Speedway - NAMARS Midgets Speedrome - Outlaw Stocks, Roadrunners

May 10 - Thursday Speedrome - NAMARS Midgets

May 11 - Friday Terre Haute - World of Outlaws sprint cars Bloomington Speedway - NAMARS midgets Anderson Speedway - Modifieds, Legends, Thunder cars Speedrome - Modifieds, Legends, Bandos

May 12 Saturday Indianapolis Raceway Park - USAC Silver Bullet Paragon Speedway - sprint cars Anderson Speedway - Super Truck, Figure 8, Street Stocks Speedrome - Stock, Late Model, Figure 8

May 17 - Thursday Speedrome - NAMARS Midgets

May 18-20 Fri-Sun - Indianapolis Raceway Park Federal-Mogul Drag Challenge NHRA Division 3 Points Meet

May 18 - Friday Bloomington Speedway - sprint cars Anderson Speedway - Modifieds, Legends, Thunder cars Speedrome - Modifieds, Legends, Bandos

May 19 - Saturday Indianapolis Raceway Park - CARS Late Models and Allison Legacy cars Paragon Speedway - sprint cars Anderson Speedway - Super Trucks Figure 8s, Street Stocks Speedrome - Stock, Late Models, Figure 8s Terre Haute - USAC sprint cars

May 20 - Sunday Speedrome - Demo Derby

May 23 - Wednesday Anderson Speedway - USAC Sprint cars and Super Trucks

May 24 - Thursday Speedrome - NAMARS Midgets 500 lap Anderson Speedway - Little 500 Qualifications

May 25 - Friday Indiana State Fairgrounds - USAC Silver Bullet Anderson Speedway - Little 500 Non Qualifiers Race Bloomington Speedway - sprint cars Speedrome - Stock, Late Model, Figure 8

May 26 - Saturday Indianapolis Raceway Park - "Night Before the 500" USAC Midgets and US Formula 2000 Anderson Speedway - 53rd Annual Little 500 Paragon Speedway - sprint cars Speedrome - Late Model, Figure 8, Roadrunners

May 27 - Sunday Indianapolis Motor Speedway - 85th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Eldora Speedway -USAC Sprint cars

EVENTS:

May 6 - Sunday Mayor's Breakfast - Indiana State Fairgrounds Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation Fundraiser - Morton's Steakhouse (317) 236-9999

May 7 - Monday Racing for Corey Grand Prix - Union Station (317) 356-7279

May 11 - Friday Sports for Kids Foundation Dinner - Knights of Columbus (317) 257-6210

May 18 - Friday Oldtimers Hall of Fame Banquet - Adam's Mark - Airport

May 19 - Saturday Rookie Run - Foot race for children - Monument Circle Kid's Day - Monument Circle 500 Club Golf Tournament

May 23 - Wednesday Community Day - Indianapolis Motor Speedway - drive the oval in your own car, meet the drivers.

May 24 - Thursday Float Night - Indiana State Fairgrounds - preview of parade

May 25-26 - Fri-Sat 23rd Annual National Auto Racing Memorabilia Show - Convention Center

May 25 - Friday Memorial Service - Monument Circle

May 26 - Saturday Public Drivers Meeting - Indianapolis Motor Speedway 500 Festival Parade - Downtown Indiana Brain Injury Foundation Benefit Dinner - Indianapolis Raceway Park (800) 407-4246

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