Everyone loves NASCAR now. But count me as one of those racing fans that still loves Memorial Day weekend every year because of the Indianapolis 500. This Sunday marks the 100th running of the Indy 500 and it is still the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Unfortunately, the Indy racing brand did itself in many years ago when there was a split among drivers and two different organizations fought for years over who was the rightful "owners" of the Indy brand. Meanwhile, the NASCAR juggernaut was emerging and being strictly administered by one family. That perfect storm led to where we are today with NASCAR and its legion of loyalists moving around the country week after week in the racing spotlight. Indy racing was simply overpowered.
But it has survived. Some of the internal battles have become history and a few new faces like Danica Patrick and Helio Castroneves have breathed some life back into Indy racing. And make no mistake, when Memorial Day weekend rolls around, the Indy 500 is the king of racing.
So here is a toast to 100 years of thrills and spills at the great 2.5 mile oval in the middle of Indiana. Gentlemen and Lady, start your engines!