Indy 500: Why Indianapolis Race Is One of Sport's Best Events

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IMay 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 25:  Wade Cunningham of New Zealand driver of the #41 ECat/ABC Supply Dallara Honda during final practice on Carb Day for the Indianapolis 500 on May 25, 2012 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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The Indianapolis 500 is still one of the best events in American sports, because it involves fierce competition, amazing tradition and great moments that give the fans watching an unbelievable experience.

The race is one of Memorial Day's best events, and even many non-racing fans know when the Indianapolis 500 is being run.

Many sports fans will tune into the final few laps even if they don't know much about the sport at all because the excitement and drama of the last laps are tremendous.

You know you have a fantastic event when people who either don't care or don't know much about the sport are intrigued by the action at the finish and want to watch it unfold.

In this way, the Indy 500 is similar to the Daytona 500 because even if you don't follow NASCAR throughout the year, watching who earns the right to drive into victory lane at Daytona is must-see TV.

Another great reason why the Indianapolis 500 is such an amazing race is the track at which it takes place.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the most iconic sports venues in the United States, and everyone who races as a young person dreams of getting behind the wheel of a car there.

It can hold well over 100,000 people on race day, giving so many fans opportunities to watch their favorite drivers attempt to win the Super Bowl of IndyCar.

The drinking of milk in victory lane is also a wonderful tradition at the Indianapolis 500, with the winner always splashing milk onto his crew in celebration.

These are many reasons why the Indianapolis 500 is still one of sport's premier events, even though more popular leagues and tournaments will be played on the same Sunday.

It's hard to beat the tradition of the Indy 500.