Kw-logo-holiday

Memorial Day Races

NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
Mechanics tune-up a car for the Indy 500
Indy Race Car

Memorial Day isn't just a chance for barbecues and a day off school. It's also the weekend two of the year's biggest auto races - the Indy 500 and NASCAR'S Coca-Cola 600.

The Coca-Cola 600

The Coca-Cola 600 is NASCAR's longest and most grueling race of the season. The 400 laps around Lowe's Motor Speedway is a total of 600 miles long. That's about the same distance as Chicago to Washington D.C. If your mom or dad was to drive that distance it would probably take them about 10 hours. The top drivers on the NASCAR circuit do it in less than four hours.

The Indy 500

The Indy 500 is one of the oldest events in auto-racing history. It's been run at the Indianapolis Speedway since 1911. The track is nicknamed the "Brickyard" because it was once paved with more than 3 million bricks. The 2005 Indy 500 will feature 22 racers burning around the track at speeds of more than 220 miles per hour (335 kms).

Memorial Day Racing Facts

  • In 2000, Tony Stewart raced in the Coca-Cola 600 and the Indy 500 on the same day. He raced 500 miles and finished 6th in the Indy on Sunday morning then flew to Charlotte to race another 600 miles in the Coca-Cola 600, where he placed 3rd. That's 1,100 miles (1760 kms) of racing in one day!
  • The only female racing on Memorial Day will be driver, Danica Patrick, who is just the fourth woman to race in the Indy 500.
  • The winner of the Indy 500 usually drinks milk after crossing the finish line.

Related Stories:

>

readers voted!

Comments

HITMANABSOLUTION
_-_
commented: Mon May 26, 2014

;TheGreatOneIsHere
.....
commented: Sun May 19, 2013

there are 2 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like it!

latest videos

F1116278472000

Favorite Meal Before a Big Game?

  • Greasy fast food.
  • Pasta.
  • Strictly veggie.
  • Bread and water.

related stories

Micro_bbqchilicheesedogs-micro
If you’re planning to spend some time with family or friends over this Memorial Day long weekend ...
Micro_may-micro
May is one of the most gorgeous months of the year. All winter long we’ve been hibernating from t...
Micro_may-holidays-micro
Looking for May Holidays? Here's a brief history of May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Victori...
Micro_memorial-day-micro
Memorial Day isn't just a day off school. It's a day to remember all those people who died in war...

Sports in the forums

yusuf900
the ny giants are the best
reply 5 minutes
Marishka
Marishka posted in Xtreme Sports:
What do you like in xtreme sports? Fillings, emotions? What kind of these sports do u like?
reply 1 day
Marishka
Marishka posted in Dance:
Hi, guys and girls! I know, that there are a lot of dancers here. Dance is the religion for me. What about u? Do you know some cool songs for Break Dance? Do you like jams and battles?
reply 1 day
9bella
me Im a level three and love it  :D
reply 2 days
9bella
9bella posted in Xtreme Sports:
I know this is old ( sorry for bumping) But I have a black razor scooter and want a light blue one and if they ever make a seafoam green I would die for it.
reply 2 days

play online games

Hour-of-code-tumb

Codey the troll is lost! Help him avoid obstacles and get back into the computer...

Candy-quest-feature

Your troll is lost! Help it avoid obstacles and get back into the computer.

Fo...

Dragon-dash

Your dragon must return to guard the treasure! Help it gather lost coins and avo...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properties to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be r...

1005_cc_kidz_100x100_vlh

Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

_thumb_100x100

Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

Frostbox_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...