Indy 500 traditions

Brady Cave

Known as “the greatest spectacle in racing,” the Indianapolis 500 and its average 300,000 viewers make it the most populated single day sporting event in the world.

The week prior to the race, qualifications take place. Racers get seeded based on their three lap times.

“I went to qualifications for the first time this past year. Of course, it is less crowded than the actual race, but when someone has a fast lap, the fans really get into it,” sophomore Isaac O’Neal said.

Carb Day has been a fun way to kick off race weekend since 2005 for junior Ava Smith.

“The pit stop competition is fun to watch and the concerts are really fun to be at. It is a very high energy environment and the best part of the weekend,” Smith said.

Saturday and Sunday, most people hold their race parties. Sophomore Will Riley attends the same party each year.

“I’ve gone to the same race party for the past few years. From things like cornhole and spikeball to buying racers to have a chance to win a $300+ pot. The party has at least 100 people, and everyone has a good time. They even get a bouncy house for the younger kids,” Riley said.

Indy 500 superfans add an aspect to the race that everyone loves.

“For the last four or five years, I’ve gone to a race party hosted by one of my old Little League teammates. His step-dad who runs the event has been a race fan for years and decks their house out with IMS logos, checkered flags, and knows the sport in and out,” junior Brendan Bailey said.

On Sunday, the race finally rolls around.

“I have gone to the race a few times, but last year I was in a suite for the first time. It was nice and a fun experience, and I had a lot of fun, but being in the crowd is very high energy and the people are crazy, which makes it even more fun,” sophomore Lilly Ebeyer said.