May in Indiana means one thing, the Indianapolis 500. Its not just the race itself, but many events leading up to the race itself that draw large crowds. Whether its running the mini marathon for a chance to run on the track or going to the parade or community day for a chance to glimpse a driver or celebrity up close. There seems to be something for everyone. That even includes those that just love to watch actual races and not just the two that are at IMS during the month.
Wednesday, which is community at the track, fans can make their way up to Anderson Speedway to watch the Auto Value Sprints and Hossier Outlaw Sprint Seires run a co-sanctioned winged sprint show on the ultra fast paved quarter mile. As an added bonus Little 500 practice is free to watch prior to gates opening for the races that evening. Any fan that hasn't been to community day at IMS should check that out as its only about an hour to drive to Anderson. Community day offers autograph opportunities, behind the scenes tours, and the chance to drive on the track in your personal vehicle.
Thursday the action shifts west to Terre Haute. The USAC Sprint Car Series will be competing in the Tony Hulman Classic. This is a must see for any racing fan. The list of winners at the Terre Haute Action Track include some of the great legends like Foyt and Andretti up to curent stars like Stewart and Gordon. Levi Jones won this race last year and will try to become a 3 time winner of the event. Terre Haute is also about an hour from the speedway.
Friday is east double header for fans. With it being Carb Day at the speedway fans can easily make the trip their for the Indy Lights race and pit stop competition if they choose and even stay for the concert. Just across town that night is the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the USAC Silvercrown Series. The Silvercrown cars are the direct descendants of the glory days of Indy when names like Foyt and Andrettie were roaring around in the front engine roadsters.
Saturday offers a choice for fans. Close to the speedway just down Crawfordsville road is O'Reilly Raceway Park where the USAC Midgest will be running the Night Before the 500, or back at Anderson Speedway is the Little 500. ORP will offer a 50 lap midget race that will include most of the point chasing USAC stars. However Anderson offers something entirely unique. An eleven rows of three starting field running 500 laps and the only sprint car race with live pit stops. Either choice is equally good, but driving distance and planned arrival time in the morning for the 500 might be deciding factors since ORP is much closer to the speedway.
So next time when planning a trip to the Indianapolis 500 be sure to check out what the rest of Indiana's racing scene has to offer. Whether is a break from the big crowds or just seeing more racing during a visit, all of these are great options for fans.