1100 Miles of Racing Headed to the Airwaves Sunday
If you're not one of the over 400,000 people fortunate enough to be at Indianapolis or Charlotte this weekend, get your TV warmed up for a lot of exciting racing action on Sunday. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before - no napping during the action.
The Indianapolis 500 kicks off the day with all of its tradition. Helio Castroneves sits on the pole for the first time at Indy and is looking for his third win at the track, his first since 2002. Hoping to derail his Indy dream is Sam Hornish, who is the defending race winner, Dan Wheldon, who won in 2005 and is coming off a victory at Kansas Speedway, and a host of other drivers as well. Can one of the three women entered in the race grab their first victory, or will Marco Andretti become the youngest winner there?
While the winner of the Indianapolis 500 is still celebrating his or her victory, the racing world will focus on Charlotte for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race.
Starting in the late afternoon, the race will end under lights where sparks and tempers will fly. In the last three years, the winner of Sunday night's race has also taken the checkered flag first in the fall race. Every winner since 1994 has entered, but only one will be in victory lane at the end of the night. Will the Hendrick drivers continue to dominate or will someone else end the night in the winner's circle?
As the action of the day winds down (and hopefully your favorite driver won), be reminded that you have a whole day to recover from all of the racing.
A nice warm-up to Sunday is the NASCAR Busch Series race from Charlotte and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series from Mansfield (Ohio) on Saturday, if you need a warm up.
Now, sit back, relax and enjoy 1,100 miles of IndyCar Series and NASCAR racing on Sunday.
(Just for the record, Kansas City, KS to Indianapolis is 486 miles and KC to Charlotte is 1001 miles.)
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