Biggest Weekend in Motorsports
For those of you that love racing, this is the weekend that you have been waiting for. Formula One and IndyCar both have their biggest events of the year taking place this Sunday. NASCAR will also have its longest race of the 2016 Sprint Cup season immediately following the Indy 500 and the Grand Prix of Monaco. Here is a recap of what you can expect this weekend as you get ready for over 1,200 miles of world class racing.
Grand Prix of Monaco: The crown jewel of Formula One takes place on the streets of the world’s wealthiest municipality. Known for enormous yachts, fast cars and lavish shopping, Monaco has earned a reputation for hosting the most exciting race of the Formula One calendar. The Grand Prix of Monaco is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport along with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Lewis Hamilton is looking to rebound from what has been a dismal start to the 2016 season as his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg, continues to lead the point standings with 39 world championship points over second place Kimi Raikkonen. Expect all three of these competitors to lead the charge from the drop of the green flag.
Indianapolis 500: Representing the second piece of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, the Indy 500 holds the distinction of being the most prestigious open wheel race to take place in North America. Billed as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, the Indy 500 will be seen live by an audience of over 300,000 with millions of fans watching at home. Juan Pablo Montoya looks to win back-to-back Indy 500 champions after pulling off the victory last year starting in 15th place. JPM has been unstoppable this year as he looks to put himself in elite company by winning consecutive Indy 500 trophies. Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon have looked strong all week and help to make this the most anticipated race of Memorial Day weekend.
Coca-Cola 600: NASCAR’s longest race of the Sprint Cup season is as much as about endurance as it is about speed. Mental fatigue plays a huge part in victory especially considering the smoldering track surface temperatures that take place during the later stages of the race. Equipment failure is always a concern during the Coca-Cola 600. The driver that makes it to victory lane will be the one who is able to take the best care of their brakes and tires while staying sharp at almost 200 mph. Hometown pride is on the line as the Coca-Cola 600 takes place at Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte is widely considered to be the epicenter of NASCAR with the majority of all racing teams being located within a few miles of the motor speedway.