The Indy 500 is a prestigious race that runs every Memorial Day weekend at the Indiana Speedway. The cars have changed a bit since the first race in 1911, but the biggest spectacle in racing still draws people from all over to the 2.5-mile oval track on race day.
They come for the roar of the engines, for the excitement of the race, for the atmosphere and for the history of the event and they come in droves, as the track has capacity for more than 300,000 people.
If you live near Indiana, it’s easy to attend the event every year, but if you don’t, why would you fly commercially when you can charter a jet to arrive in style? It’s cheaper than you might think and saves you all the hassles of flying commercial like long security lines and narrow seats. Instead, sit back, relax, and enjoy all the head, shoulder, elbow, and leg room you have as you relax with your group on the way to Indiana.
It’s not easy to win the Indy 500 that starts with eleven rows of three to complete the 33-car field. Three drivers hold the title for the most wins at Indy with four each. They are AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. Rick Mears also holds the record, only this time for the most pole positions with 6. Great owner Roger Penske is the most successful at Indy, with 16 wins and 17 pole positions for his drivers.
Getting to Indy on a commercial flight isn’t easy either, not if you like space and simplicity. The only thing commercial flights and the Indy 500 have in common is milk. You can get milk on the plane and if you win at Indy, you get a bottle of milk in the winner’s circle. This tradition began in 1933 when a driver asked for milk after winning the race. A dairy executive saw a marketing advantage there, and well, the rest is history. If you win, you can choose between whole, 2%, or skim milk for all the world to see.
The next Indy promises to be an exciting race, like the previous ones. Will the babysitter win the pole? Will someone come from behind? Will you be there to witness it?