Memorial Day Weekend – A Race Fan’s Ultimate Dream!
Memorial Day Weekend is one of the most anticipated holiday times for many of us. Gathering with family and friends over bountiful picnics, reminiscing with loved ones about times gone by, and paying respects to Armed Forces Veterans who died preserving our American way of life, it’s a time for relaxation and peaceful reflection. It’s the gateway to summer and the good times that lie ahead, with beaches, swimming pools, and balmy summer evenings.
All of that is certainly true, but the dedicated Motorhead gets an extra bonus…nearly 1600 miles of the most intense on-track Motorsports competition on the face of the earth! NASCAR’s top two tiers are set to bookend the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”–this year framed as the centennial edition of the legendary Indy 500. And if that’s not enough, the exotic Formula 1 series hits the streets of Monte Carlo for the sixth race of its 2016 season.
No question about it…Memorial Day Weekend is special to many people, for many reasons. And for the race fan, this peek at what’s ahead for Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29 shows you why:
NASCAR Xfinity Series
The Nationwide Series Hisense 4K TV 300 is scheduled to go green at 2:30 pm Saturday 5/28 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with live television coverage via FS1 and radio coverage via PRN. The event is 200 laps in length (300 miles), with the most recent series race winner Erik Jones (winner two weeks ago at Dover) set to defend. This is the 11th race of the Series 33 race schedule. Get the full weekend schedule here…
The Greatest Spectacle in Racing – The Indy 500
Sandwiched in between two major NASCAR events, the 100th running of the Indy 500 is arguably the center of the podium for May 29. Open wheel racing’s elite take to the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this annual sporting rite of spring, with a slate of stars set to roll off shortly after noon on Sunday. The event will be televised by ABC, with radio coverage on Sirius/XM. Check out our earlier post for a complete run down.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Sunday evening May 29 will be “NASCAR’s longest night,” with the running of the Coca Cola 600–400 laps of highly competitive racing. This event is partly endurance, partly strategy, and partly luck (a lot can happen in a race this long!). Fox and PRN will carry the event live, with a scheduled 6:00 pm start time. Carl Edwards, driving for Joe Gibbs, is set to defend his title from last year’s event. Get the full weekend schedule here…
Formula 1 – The Monaco Grand Prix
Many people regard the Monaco Grand Prix as one of the three jewels on world racing’s triple crown (the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans being the other two), and its set to take the green on the Circuit de Monaco on the French Riviera this Sunday at 2:00 pm European time for its 74th running. Nico Rosberg (see our earlier post on Rosberg’s hot streak) is set to defend his 2015 race title against a glamorous field of Formula 1 stars. For complete details on the event’s schedule, check out the F1 website here…
So, fire up the bar-b-que, load up the cooler, and strap in to a comfortable chair…your weekend of speed is hurtling toward you!