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Indy 500

05/20/2019 | Sports

It is the month of May in Indianapolis when attention is focused at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or less formally, The Brickyard. Or as we simply call it here at home, "the track." If you sit outside on a May Spring day in Indianapolis and the wind is just right in relation to where you are, you can hear the distant high-pitched hum of cars practicing, careening around the track. On race day you can see other signs that something big is happening. If you look up you can see the Goodyear blimp floating above the city giving the world a birds-eye view, or at start time, watch the fighter jets fly in formation over

the city, a traditional part of the festivities leading up to "Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines!"Have fun learning about the history, physics and amazing records of the greatest spectacle in racing - the Indianapolis 500!The Spectacle is a complete history of the Indianapolis 500. It includes a hundred year's worth of memories from legendary drivers and details about memorable races. It's like you were in the pits yourself watching the drama unfold. Listed below are online activities and books about the Indy 500 you can check out with your IndyPL Library card. You can even learn how to draw or build a race car of your own!



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20 Books for Kids Crazy about Indy Cars

Have fun learning about the history, physics and amazing records of the greatest spectacle in racing - the Indianapolis 500! Check out one (or more!) of these books before race day. Draw your own customized race car or build one out of things you can find laying around the house! #indyplkids

Indy Cars

Braulick, Carrie A.

This book tells you about all the engineering that makes Indy cars so fast from the engine to the wings to the pointed nose and more.

The Spectacle

Celebrating the History of the Indianapolis 500

Workman, Chris

An easy introduction to about a hundred years of The Indianapolis Motor Speedway or "The Brickyard" history including legendary drivers, race cars and memorable races.

Josef, the Indy Car Driver

Workman, Chris

Get an authentic look at the world if Indy car racing by seeing it through the eyes of a driver, in this case, American driver Josef Newgarden.