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The Spectacle

In the month of May in Indianapolis 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 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!"

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 books about the Indy 500 at any of our locations, or check out e-books and e-audiobooks from home right to your device. These links will show you all the choices. If you have never used Axis 360 or OverDrive before, you can learn how to use them for both e-books and audiobooks.

Need help? Ask a Library staff member at any of our locations or call, text, or email Ask-a-Librarian. The Tinker Station helpline at (317) 275-4500 is also available. It is staffed by device experts who can answer questions about how to read, watch and listen on a PC, tablet or phone.

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!

The Indianapolis 500

Mikoley, Kate

The story of the this famous car race that has happened since 1911.

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.

Race Cars

Schuh, Mari C.

A look at different kinds of race cars - how they are different and how they are the same. Includes information about car parts, tracks, and racing fans.