Auto Racing in and Around Indy for the Remainder of May, 2011

Indianapolis sports, auto racing in particular, are never more in the world limelight than during the month of May. That’s when dozens of Indianapolis events that have sprung up over the generations around the main event, the Indianapolis 500-mile race, inundating the Circle City with a sense of speed and vibrant life force. It’s an appropriate response to the coming of Spring and a great way to kick off an active Hoosier summer.

Greater Indianapolis auto racing events, however, are not limited to Indy and its small but mighty suburb called Speedway, Indiana, where the most famous action takes place. Flanking Indianapolis on the northeast and southwestern quadrants of the I-465 loop are two more renowned racetracks offering great speed and fewer crowds in May: the Paragon Speedway in Paragon, Indiana and the Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana, home of the “Pay Less Little 500.” Also in Anderson is the famous Hoosier Park, home of thoroughbred horse racing.

Below, Fun City Finder presents a directory of racing-related events in and around Indy for the remainder of May, 2011. Check out your options for genuine speed in Central Indiana and create some thrilling memories for 2011.

Auto Racing in and Around Indy for the Remainder of May, 2011

Miller Lite Carb Day – Wherein the most rowdy members of Indianapolis society take over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway┬á to enjoy tons of Indy 500 race-related activities, live Indianapolis music, carbs and beer.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
May 27, 2011; 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tickets: $20
Qualifications for the Pay Less Little 500 – Thirty-three sprint cars will be chosen to join the race on May 28th at the Anderson Speedway. See them run!
Anderson Speedway
May 27, 2011; 9:30 am – gates open, 1:30 pm – qualifications begin, 7:00 pm – racing begins
Tickets: $5, kids under 5 are free
Hoosier Hundred – Even more racing can be found this year in downtown Indianapolis at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This beloved race is part of the Indy 500’s 100th anniversary celebration this year.
Indiana State Fairgrounds
May 27, 2011; 3:00 pm, gates open; 6:00 pm, qualifying; 7:00 pm, race begins
Tickets: $30 adults, $10 children
National Auto Racing Memorabilia Show – May, the month of the automobile in Naptown, brings lucky Hoosiers the largest collection of auto race memorabilia in the world, running concurrently with the Hoosier Hundred, listed above.
May 27 – 28, 2011
Indiana State Fairgrounds, Pioneer Our Land Pavilion
Admission: $7 – $3
A.J. Foyt Day – Lots of great events and activities pack this special day dedicated to the Indy 500’s first four-time winner.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
May 28, 2011; All day
Indianapolis 500 Memorabilia Show: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; Pagoda Plaza
Autographs: 9:00 am – 10:00 am; Pagoda Plaza
Red Bull Battle at the Bricks – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Flag Lot
Book Signings – All day; Hall of Fame Museum
Sprint, Midget and Vintage Cars Display – All day; Infield area
No ticket necessary
Auto Racing at the Paragon Speedway – Sprints, Stocks and Bombers duke it out in the Paragon, Indiana grandstands, just about 30 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
Paragon Speedway
May 28, 2011; 5:00 pm – gates open; 7:30 pm – racing begins
Pay Less Little 500 – Weather permitting, in nearby Anderson on the day before the Indy 500, racing fans will convene to take in the richest Sprint Car race on asphalt in the nation.
Anderson Speedway
May 28, 2011; 8:00 pm
All tickets reserved: $28
Indianapolis 500-Mile Auto Race – The granddaddy of them all, attracting hundreds of thousands of racing fans from the United States and around the world, the Indy 500 will be even more exciting than ever in this, the Indy 500’s Centennial year.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
May 29, 2011; 12:00 noon, racing begins
Tickets: $30 general admission

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