What is the one form of racing that has dominated America? That has shed light into the hearts of American who are blinded by the dark. That one form of racing is Nascar, the sport has washed over the United States like a tidal wave and boasts millions of fans throughout the entire world. Each year people will tune in to watch these various races and hope for their favorite driver to drive into the first place position. Nascar has been able to change the lives of many by helping the Children’s Wish Foundation in the USA and Canada. Children who were on the brink of death got to have that one last experience that drastically changed their lives and it’s something we commend Nascar for doing.
Each year different 500 mile races will occur in Nascar. These 500 mile races include the Daytona 500, Southern 500 and the Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis 500 is by far the most popular race out of the three, bringing in millions of dollars through advertisements and sponsorship deals. Millions upon millions of people throughout the world watch the Indianapolis 500, rooting for drivers such as Jeff Gordon. The race is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Memorial Day every single year. The event has been called “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and continues to live up to that statement with year passing year.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a long history that eventually led to the creation of this tournament race. The speedway was first constructed back in 1909 on a tar and gravel pit. The speedway was originally used to smaller events that even consisted of motorcycle races. The crowds didn’t enjoy the experience offered by these smaller events and wanted a race that would thrill even the angriest of men. This is when the first “500” was held at the Indianapolis Speedway on May 30th, 1911 Memorial Day. The race had forty drivers start and in total the race brought in 80,000 spectators which for the time period was a large amount.
Ever since the first 500 was raced every year the Indianapolis Motor Speedway holds a 500 mile race. Eventually the term “The Indianapolis 500” came into effect and is now the sole name for the race. The Indianapolis 500 has been raced for more than one hundred years and fans can expect another one hundred years ahead of them. After World War II this race saw a massive increase in popularity. Televisions were soon to become a house hold item and finally the race saw millions of people becoming fans of Nascar and the Indianapolis 500.