The Indianapolis 500 is a motorsports event held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The event is held over Memorial Day weekend of odd-numbered years and is considered one of the world's premier events.
The race was first held in 1911, and it has been run every year except for two years during World War I and from 1942 to 1945 due to America's involvement in World War II. Due to its prestige and long history, it has often been called the "Greatest" auto race globally.
The Indianapolis 500 is one of the most prestigious auto races globally. It began due to a controversy over ballooning (balloon cars) at earlier races on the same track. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato drove the fastest lap of the day (228.939 mph) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Another six-time series champion Scott Dixon - who won Indy in 2008 - finished in second place with his 227.768-mph lap. The 78th lap for six-time Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson, who has been driving around the 2.5-mile oval since 2002, was ranked third fastest at 227.722 mph with his 77th out of 79 laps completed.
From 1911 to 1971, the event consisted of 200 laps before the length was extended to its current distance of 500 miles. A record-breaking $20 million purse was awarded in 2020, and the race will be held on Sunday, May 29, 2022, at the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management, but the permanent seating capacity is upwards of 250,000, making it one of the largest sporting events in the world. It is estimated that over 400,000 thousand people attended this event, with over 250,000 in attendance on race day.
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