A Day at the Races
Back in the day when I went to church, I used to have to read the Bible and I learned that Sunday is the Day of Rest.
However, in the past couple years, I have started calling Memorial Day Sunday, the Day of Race.
This day is what I call my second birthday as spend countless hours during the day, just watching racing.
It's fantastic watching three series in several makes of cars race around different race tracks in the world.
Watching Formula One, the IRL and NASCAR all day is magical in the way that two ones the series have their biggest event scheduled on the same day, while NASCAR follows the three with their longest endurance event.
The following times are marked in the Eastern Time Zone (EST).
Formula One: The Grand Prix Of Monaco
Taking place from 7:55-10 a.m.
Flipping on the television to watch the BBC coverage of the Formula fraternity.
Monaco is one of the greatest challenges in Formula One. Keeping the car on the track at all times is the best advice to give to any driver if they want to win or just get points.
It's necessary to go fast, inches off the walls that can take your side pods right off.
Sadly, at such a magical track, where the world's stars come out for this event, we don't see too much passing. That means that if a driver wants to win, they must be starting in the top two rows.
No one expects to see again what Panis did in 1996, not in this day.
The track has several spectacular features like the tunnel and the fact that the cars ride right beside the harbor.
Other notable corners that will be often talked about during the broadcast include Sainte Devote, the Grand Hotel Hairpin (Lowes Hairpin) and Rascasse.
Finally the race ends after 78 laps or 260km, by far the shortest race of the day. The winner's podium will be spraying champagne.
Indy Racing League: Indy 500
After a quick 2 hour break, we see the Indianapolis 500 take place between 12pm-5pm.
This is the fastest race of the day with cars topping speeds over 230 mph/370 kph, which is bloody fast.
The race is 200 laps or 500 miles and it is the 93rd running of this legendary event.
This race is easily won of the most interesting races to watch as drivers try to hold on to their cars all day, while trying to stay on the lead lap (No lucky do in IRL).
More important than in the other two races this day is how the drivers use the draft.
The Indy 500 also has several important names for turns...1,2,3,4 all are important to get right in order to stay in the game.
Also the yard wide of bricks laid as a reminder to this race's past.
Pit road plays a role here as it is extremely difficult as in the last couple years, we have seen several drivers spin on their way down there.
How do we celebrate here at Indy. A little bit of Victory Milk.
Good luck to the 33 cars in this year's field.
NASCAR: Coca-Cola 600
Time: 5pm-the end of time
Longest race of the day, ranging at about 600 miles and the longest and most enduring race in all of NASCAR.
Like Indy, turns 1,2,3,4 are all important, but we have the added feature of the Tri-oval.
This race is about who can be in the right position at the end of the night.
This race is great because we get to see the transition from the day into the night.
This is the only track, where scraping the wall will not take you fully out of the event.
However, there are 43 cars out on track so it's a real challenge for any driver.
One of the greatest parts of this race, it is the only event where you will hear the driver get on the radio and ask "Hey guys, um,...could somebody go get me a banana or something?" Kyle Busch in 2006
Endurance is a key element when going in circles about 400 times.
Yet celebration is a the sweeter with the little bit a booze, which finally ends my long day at the races.