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Indy 500It's the annual speedfest featuring top drivers in high gear participating in one of the most popular American car racing events.

Now heading into its 101st year, the Indy 500 continues to entertain fans with an action-packed race that is one of the premier sporting events worldwide.

This year the Indy 500 takes place on Sunday, May 27, 2018 as the green flag goes down at 12:20pm ET during a fun and festive Memorial Day 2018 weekend.

In keeping with the summer party atmosphere, the race is traditionally preceded by the Indy 500 Festival, a month-long celebration in Indianapolis leading up to the race.

Full TV coverage of the 102nd running of the Indy 500 airs on ABC Sports with a traditional 12 PM ET start time — as top drivers line up to vie for one of racing's highest honors... victory at the Indianapolis 500.

With all the hoopla surrounding the race, the day doesn't end when the last car crosses the finish line in Indy.

Hard on the heels of the Indy 500 is more fast-paced NASCAR racing action at the Coca Cola 600 on FOX.


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DID YOU KNOW? Indy 500 fun facts

How The Brickyard got its name.

• The “Brickyard” got its name when 3.2 million street paving bricks were laid on the track in 1909. Today, one yard of the historic brickwork is still exposed at the start-finish line.

• Today, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, with more than 250,000 permanent seats.

• The Roman Colosseum, Yankee Stadium, the White House, Vatican City, the Taj Mahal, the Rose Bowl, and Churchill Downs can all easily fit inside the oval which encompasses a whopping 253 acres.

• The biggest nail-biter (and closest margin of victory) at the Indy 500 was in 1992 when Al Unser Jr. edged out Scott Goodyear by .043 of a second.

• The tradition of drinking buttermilk in Victory Lane began with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Louis Meyer who refreshed himself with a quart of the dairy drink after winning the 1936 race. 

• The youngest winner of the Indy 500 was Troy Ruttman who was 22 years-old when he won the 36th Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1952. The oldest winner of the Indianapolis 500 was 47-year-old Al Unser. He won the 71st Indianapolis 500 on May 24, 1987.

More about the Indy 500 around the Web:

Indy 500
- The official site with all the latest action, driver profiles, photo gallery, trivia, stats, schedule, track map, online shop and ticket information, plus screensavers and wallpaper, and a virtual lap around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, select video clips and audio interviews.

The 500 Festival - The month-long celebration culminating in the big parade and mini-marathon Memorial Day weekend. Includes ticket info, event calendar, details on volunteering for events, news on street closings, FAQ, and related travel links and resources. - The online edition of the Indianapolis Star with feature stories, special coverage of the Indy 500 with a row by row lineup, track overview, an Indy wrap up, year by year history recaps, and lots more.

Indy Car Series - Take a close up look at the top drivers with photos, stats and standings, feature stories and video clips.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Where it all takes place, and offering the latest photos, rookie quotes, event happenings, online ticket purchase and more on the Grand Prix and the Brickyard 400 races, the Hall of Fame Museum and tour information.

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