Indianapolis 500

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a 500-mile oval-track race for rear-engine cars having particular specifications, held annually in Indianapolis, Ind.
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What is the Indianapolis 500?

The Indianapolis 500 is an annual 500-mile auto race in the sport that’s known as Indy Car racing. It’s held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Indianapolis 500 is one of the most famous auto races in the world. It’s popularly called the Indy 500 and is nicknamed the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. It’s one of the major races in the IndyCar racing season.

When is the Indianapolis 500?

The Indianapolis 500 is typically held on the last Sunday in May. The 2022 Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, May 29, 2022. The 2023 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 28, 2023.

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built in 1909, and the first Indianapolis 500 was held in 1911.

The Indianapolis 500 traditionally consists of a field of 33 drivers and is run around a 2.5-mile oval racetrack. It is not a Formula One event—Indy Cars are similar to Formula One cars, but differ in some technical ways. In fact, the word Indy in Indy Car is named for the Indianapolis 500.

For many years, the race was famously begun with an announcer saying, “Gentleman, start your engines!” As the race now sometimes includes women drivers, it is now begun by saying, “Drivers, start your engines!”

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The Indianapolis 500 is one of the most famous auto races in the world. It is commonly called the Indy 500.

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The Indianapolis 500 is a Formula One race.

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