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Indy 500 Memorial Day Weekend Open Thread

YEAH! Crack open a brewski and let’s get RACIN’!

101st Indianapolis 500 Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

This is an open thread, but not for football.

OK, you can use it for football if you want to — the U20 World Cup continues today, and there’s the final week in Serie A as well, including a relegation battle that could see Empoli or Genoa relegated.

But it’s Memorial Day Weekend here in the colonies, and you know what that means — THE INDIANAPOLIS 500, 103rd edition, the greatest spectacle in racing, the pinnacle of Indy Car sports. F1 fans — the Monaco Grand Prix is also this weekend, but screw that, this is an American blog and I live in Indiana. Let’s talk Indy.

When I was a young child growing up in the early 1980s, I owned a book called “The Pac-Man Joke Book.” It was terrible, full of the worst Pac-Man malapropisms and puns imaginable, but I loved it. Nearly 40 years later, there’s only one joke from that book that I remember.

Question: Who was Pac-Man’s favorite race car driver? Answer: Mario Pac-dretti.

I was six. I didn’t get it.

However, once I started watching the Indy 500 with my dad, I realized there was an Indy car driver named Mario Andretti. He instantly became my favorite driver. (Don’t mock — sports fandom has been codified for objectively stupider reasons that this.) Andretti won the Indy 500 exactly once, in 1969 but since then he’s become one of the sport’s biggest and recognizable names, creating a very important team and siring a family of race car drivers including his son Michael and grandson Marco. This year’s race is the 50th anniversary of his win, so expect a lot of Andretti love.

Mario has long since retired, and his son Michael has also hung up his... uh, racing wheel. Grandson Marco Andretti now flies the Andretti flag, and I root for him every year to be the first Andretti to chug the milk since Grandad Mario did it 50 years ago.

Anyway, the Indy 500 rocks and you should totally watch it. Here’s how.

How to watch the Indianapolis 500

Date: Sunday, May 26, 2019, 12:45 p.m. ET
TV: NBC (USA), Sky Sports F1 (UK)
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana
Streaming: NBC Sports Live