On May 29, the Indy 500 will celebrate its 100th anniversary.
The iconic race has been around since 1911 (minus a four-year hiatus during WWII) and International Motor Speedway (IMS) is going big this year to celebrate. Blake Shelton, Journey, and Skrillex are hitting the stage throughout the weekend, and the days surrounding the race are jam-packed with events for fans. Oh, and did we mention all the parties?
Whether you were lucky enough to snag a ticket to the race or are just going for the events, here are a few things you have to look forward to:
Roger Penske and the 2017 Camaro
Roger Penske, a former racer, is considered to be one the most successful team owners in motorsports (here he is accepting his induction into the Sonoma Raceway Hall of Fame).
On race day, Penske will get behind the wheel of the brand new 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition as a pace car driver.
The Hot Wheels 100th celebration Trophy
Your inner kid is about to have a field day: Hot Wheels celebrated the 100th running of race with a trophy full of cars that “draw inspiration from the stories, colors and numbers of the winning drivers and cars from each year.”
If you attend the Indy 500 this year and spot the trophy, send us a picture, please!
Pacers, practice laps, and predictions
In practice on Monday, Andretti Autosport led the charge with all five drivers finishing in the top six. Is this a predictor of race day? We’re no expert, but that seems like a pretty great way to start the week. But, keep your eye out for rookie Spencer Pigot, who turned the most laps (161) on Monday. “I have always been looking forward to the day that I got to drive an Indy car around this track,” he said on Monday.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, defending champion Juan Pablo Montoya came in 13th at 224.613 mph.
If you’re bummed like we are about not being able to attend this year’s race, fear not: You can catch a live stream of the practice runs on the IMS website.
Award-winning solar farm
The solar farm at IMS is extraordinary. In fact, it is the largest solar farm in the world at a professional sporting facility.
Just how large?
Built on 60 acres large. Over 39,000 solar panels large. More than 9 megawatts of power large. 10,000 tons of carbon offsets large.
“Our Solar Farm is unlike anything else in sports and helps us offer a brighter future for our community.”
-J. Douglas Boles, IMS President
In fact, in 2015, the solar farm at IMS was awarded by NASCAR Green at their annual summit for its contribution to sustainability in professional racing. And, the power generated by the solar panels is enough to serve around 1,000 homes. If we were attending this year’s race, the solar farm would be a must-see.