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Indy 500 for Kids

05/20/2020 | Sports

It is the month of May in Indianapolis when attention is usually 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 in Indianapolis on a spring day in May 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, both traditions leading up to "Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines!"

This year, the race has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While you wait for this year's race, 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!



Use your indyPL library card to check out e-books and audiobooks from home right to your device.

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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

Tieck, Sarah

All about the physical characteristics, purposes, early history, and high-speed capabilities of Indy cars--some of the fastest race cars in the world.

The Racecar Book

Build and Race Mousetrap Cars, Dragsters, Tri-can Haulers, and More

Mercer, Bobby

25 projects that will show you how to use stuff laying around the house, like Pringles cans and rubber bands, to build your own race car. You can even learn how turbo charge one with alka seltzer. The book includes the directions plus an explanation of the science behind the physics, chemistry and engineering that make the cars work. Possibly a science fair experiment in the making!

Indy Cars

Lanier, Wendy Hinote

Offers readers a close-up look at Indy cars. Fun facts, diagrams, and a "How It Works" feature.