While I think being a Hoosier is pretty great all year round, I have to say that May is my absolute favorite month. Not just for the beautiful spring weather, but mostly because the shrill sound of some of the fastest cars on earth making their way around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can once again be heard. I’m by no means a gearhead, but even my heart beats a little faster when the engines roar to life.
So don’t let this wonderful month of activities pass you by. Plan ahead, and get some of these dates on your calendar now. Even if you’re not into racing, there’s still a lot to do to celebrate all things Indy 500!
Saturday, May 5: The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
Opening Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, featuring the Celebration of Automobiles
Sunday, May 13-Thursday, May 17: Practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Friday, May 18: Fast Friday and Qualification Draw for the Indy 500
Saturday, May 19: Pole Day
Sunday, May 20: Armed Forces Bump Day
Wednesday, May 23: American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day
Thursday, May 24: Practice and Qualifications for the Firestone Freedom 100
Friday, May 25: 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce
Saturday, May 26: IPL 500 Festival Parade
Legends Day at the Indy 500
Sunday, May 27: The 96th Running of the Indy 500
More information, including times and ticket purchase for events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway can be found at the May Calendar of Events.
And if you can’t make it to the track, see if your favorite Indiana town is participating in the Back Home Again in Indiana contest. Communities all over Indiana are showing their Indy 500 pride and competing for grants to fund local projects.
Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.