The Indy 500 is a prestigious race that is run each Memorial Day weekend in Speedway Indiana. The cars have changed somewhat since that first race back in 1911 but the greatest spectacle in racing still brings people from far and wide to the 2.5 mile oval track come race day.
They come for the roar of the engines, for the thrills of the race, for the atmosphere and for the history of the event and they come in droves, since the racetrack can hold upwards of 300,000 people.
If you live near Indiana then it’s easy to take in the event each year, but if you don’t why would you fly commercial when you can easily charter a jet to get you there in style? It is cheaper than you may realize and it saves all the hassles of flying commercial like the long security lines and the cramped seating. Instead, sit back, relax and relish all of the head, shoulder, elbow and leg room that you get while you are chilling with your party on route to Indiana.
It’s not easy to win the Indy 500 that starts with eleven rows of three to make up the 33 car field. Three drivers hold the title of most wins at Indy with four apiece. They are A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. Rick Mears also holds the record, alone this time for the most pole positions achieved with 6. The great owner Roger Penske is the most successful at Indy, with 16 wins and 17 poles for his drivers.
It’s also not easy to get to Indy on a commercial flight, not if you like room and simplicity that is. The one thing that commercial flights and the Indy 500 have in common is milk. You can get milk on the plane and if you win at Indy, you are given a bottle of milk in the winners circle. This tradition started back in 1933 when a driver asked for milk after winning the race. A dairy executive saw a marketing edge there and well, the rest is history. If you win you are given the choice of whole, 2% or skim milk to chug for the world to see.
The next Indy promises to be an exciting race, like the ones before have been. Will the pole sitter win? Will someone come from behind? Will you be there to witness it?