IRL: Race chaser's guide to the 500

It's that time of the year again. Time for the annual pilgrimage to Indianapolis for what will be the 86th running of the world's most famous race. Most of you know about the 500 Festival Parade, the memorabilia show at the convention center, the...

It's that time of the year again. Time for the annual pilgrimage to Indianapolis for what will be the 86th running of the world's most famous race. Most of you know about the 500 Festival Parade, the memorabilia show at the convention center, the mayor's breakfast and the fashion show, right?

But let's face it, most of us head to Indianapolis each May for racing. Once in Indianapolis there's no shortage of racing as most of the tracks on the list are within an hour of downtown, except for Terre Haute and Gas City, which are a 90-minute drive. Winchester will take closer to two hours.

Here's the list. And don't forget, these are just the oval track events. Putnam Park in Putnamville and Indianapolis Raceway Park both have road circuits and IRP has a dragstrip too.

See you in the grandstands! <pre> 5/4 Sprint Cars, UMPs, ProStocks - Lincoln Park Speedway, Putnamville, IN 5/4 H.O.S.S. Winged Sprint Cars, Figure 8, Street Stock, Anderson (IN) Speedway 5/4 Stock, Late Model, Figure 8, Roadrunner - Speedrome, Indianapolis, IN 5/4 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Qualifying, Super Trucks - Winchester Speedway, Winchester, IN 5/5 USAR Hooters Pro Cup - Winchester Speedway, Winchester, IN 5/9 NAMARS Midgets, Kenyon Cars - Speedrome, Indianapolis, IN 5/9 UMP Late Model - Paragon Speedway, Paragon, IN 5/10 Modifieds, ThunderCars, Legends, Anderson (IN) Speedway 5/10 UMP Late Model, Super Stock, Modifieds - Bloomington (IN) Speedway 5/10 Modified, Legend, Bandolero, Roadrunner, Bomber Figure 8 - Speedrome, Indianapolis, IN 5/10 Sprint Cars, Street Stocks - Gas City I-69 Speedway, Gas City, IN 5/11 USAC Sprint Cars - Terre Haute Action Track, Terre Haute, IN 5/11 Stock, Late Model, Figure 8, Roadrunner - Speedrome, Indianapolis, IN 5/11 Late Models, Figure 8, Street Stocks - Anderson (IN) Speedway 5/11 CARS Late Models, Trucks - Indianapolis Raceway Park, Clermont, IN 5/11 Sprint Cars, UMPs, ProStocks - Lincoln Park Speedway, Putnamville, IN 5/12 Indiana Speedway Pavement Carts - Speedrome, Indianapolis, IN 5/16 NAMARS Midgets, Kenyon Cars - Speedrome, Indianapolis, IN 5/17 Modifieds, ThunderCars, Legends, Anderson (IN) Speedway 5/17 Modified, Legend, Baby Grand, Roadrunners, Bomber, Figure 8 - Speedrome, Indianapolis, IN 5/17 Sprint Car, Super Stock, Modified - Bloomington (IN) Speedway 5/17 Late Model, Modified, Street Stocks - Gas City I-69 Speedway, Gas City, IN 5/18 USAC Midgets - Lincoln Park Speedway, Putnamville, IN 5/18 Super Trucks, Figure 8, Street Stocks - Anderson (IN) Speedway 5/18 Stocks, Late Model, Figure 8, Roadrunner - Speedrome, Indianapolis, IN 5/18 Sprint Cars, Street Stock, Bombers - Paragon Speedway, Paragon, IN 5/19 Indiana Speedway Pavement Carts - Speedrome, Indianapolis, IN 5/22 USAC Sprint Cars - Anderson Speedway, Anderson, IN 5/23 NAMARS 500 - Speedrome, Indianapolis, IN 5/23-24 "Little 500" Qualifying, Anderson (IN) Speedway 5/24 USAC Silver Crown - Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN 5/24 Stock, Late Model, Figure 8, Roadrunner, Legend, Modified, - Speedrome, Indianapolis, IN 5/24 Sprint Car, Super Stock, Modified - Bloomington (IN) Speedway 5/24 Sprint Car, Modified, Street Stocks - Gas City I-69 Speedway, Gas City, IN 5/25 USAC Midgets - Indianapolis Raceway Park, Clermont, IN 5/25 USAC Sprint Cars - 54th "Little 500" Anderson Speedway. Anderson, IN 5/25 Sprint Cars, Street Stock, Bombers - Paragon Speedway, Paragon, IN 5/25 Stock, Late Model, Figure 8, Roadrunner, - Speedrome, Indianapolis, IN 5/26 USAC Sprint Cars - Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH

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Series IndyCar , Midget , Sprint , Stock car