The Month of May has been one of the busiest in motorsports for many years. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway gives teams and drivers days and days of practice in preparation for the biggest race of the IndyCar season, the Indianapolis 500.
NASCAR holds its All-Star event, followed by the longest race of its season, the Coke 600 held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Lastly, Formula One holds its crown jewel event through the streets of Monaco.
Maybe it was because I was born on this weekend way back in 1988, or maybe because I am passionate about motorsports, but no matter the situation this weekend is a race fans fantasy.
Lets start with the situation in Charlotte. Last weekend saw Jimmie Johnson capture his fourth All-Star race, in an event that I feel has been changed too much and into formats too complex for the casual fan.
The equation is simple this weekend however. 600 miles. 43 cars. One winner.
Monaco is a gorgeous setting for a street race, and the glitz and glamour of Formula One. For years, the stars of that series have tackled the difficult turns of this course with hopes of adding their names to the list of greats. Senna and Schumacher have wins there, and it takes the perfect car, and a perfect race to take home the trophy.
Lastly, there is the Indianapolis 500. As this race approaches 100 years, it seems to get more exciting every time the cars hit the track. I photographed the race two years ago when the late Dan Wheldon passed the wrecked car of J.R. Hildebrand for the win. Last year saw Takuma Sato make a last lap move that just didn't stick in his effort to win the biggest trophy in open wheel racing.
The story lines are incredible in Indianapolis this weekend. Ed Carpenter is on pole, with Carlos Munoz, a rookie and an Andretti on the front row. This is the second year of the DW12 car, which will allow teams to focus less on getting the car under them, but getting to the front.
So, no matter where you are on the globe, check out some of the best auto races of the year this weekend, and make sure you come back to Motorsport.com for photos, news and the best coverage of the month of May you can find anywhere.