Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Known as the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, The Indy 500 is where the world's greatest open-wheel drivers in the IZOD IndyCar Series race for the coveted Borg-Warner trophy.
Taking place at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the world's largest single-day spectator sporting event has something for everyone, from children to those who have been attending for generations. Whether you're continuing a tradition, or starting a new one, this is a race that can't be missed.
During the race, a party in the Snake Pit (located inside Turn 3) will begin at 7 am and last throughout the day. The world's #1 DJ, Hardwell, will headline the show and rising star DJs NERVO and Dillon Francis will also perform. In addition to the music, the celebration will feature the world's largest inflatable slide, volleyball, corn hole, body painting, food trucks, hula hoops, break dancing, and more.
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will drive a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. It's the eighth time a Camaro has served as the pace car -- starting in 1967 -- and the 25th time a Chevrolet has paced the race.
Thrill as beloved actor-entertainer and legendary Indianapolis 500 icon Jim Nabors sings "(Back Home Again in) Indiana" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the final time prior to the start. Nabors' rendition of the song became a beloved tradition of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" since he first performed it in 1972. Always accompanied by the Purdue "All American" Marching Band and thousands of fans singing in unison throughout the massive facility, Nabors has performed the song 34 times in person at IMS.
Nabors, 83, has performed at the Indianapolis 500 every year since 1987 with the exception of 2007 and 2012 races that he missed due to illness. A rendition of the song he performed at his home in Hawaii was played on the video screens at IMS prior to the 2012 race to the delight of his countless fans in attendance and millions watching on worldwide television.
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