Sunday, May 25 2008, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, often shortened to Indianapolis 500 or Indy 500, and historically known simply as "The 500," is an American automobile race, held annually over the Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The event lends its name to the "IndyCar" class of formula, or open-wheel, race cars that have competed in it.
The event, billed as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing", is one of the oldest and richest motorsport events in existence, with one of the largest attendances, and radio and television audiences, of any single-day sporting event worldwide. While the official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management, news media estimate attendance in excess of 270,000.