Next Sunday will be the 98th installment of the most important race in IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis 500.
Indianapolis 500 tickets have an average price of $169.82 with a get-in price of $21. Two days earlier on Friday, the Indianapolis 500 Coors Light Carb Day is a celebration event with a practice run, along with concerts by O.A.R. and Jane’s Addiction. Tickets to Coors Light Carb Day have an average price of $36 with a get-in price of $30 for an entire day’s worth of fun. The qualifying round on May 17 features an average ticket price of $43 with a get-in price of $37.
It is the most expensive Indy 500 average ticket price in the past four years. In 2012, the average ticket price was $147.50, higher than 2013’s average ticket price of $141.61. Last year, the average ticket price was $162.29, a little less than this year’s average price.
There is not a clear-cut favorite in the field of 33 drivers this year, as the race is as up for grabs as it’s ever been. Tony Kanaan is the defending winner of the Indianapolis 500 and he starts way back in 16th place after struggling in qualifying. Teammate Scott Dixon, who won the race in 2008, starts in the middle of Row 4.
On the outside is 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch, who has been impressive in practice and is attempting to be the first driver in ten years to compete in both the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.
Helio Castroneves is a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner but his last victory came in 2009. Even so, he’ll most likely be a huge factor in how the race plays out.
Indiana’s own Ed Carpenter won the pole for the second year in a row with a four-lap average of 231.067 miles-per-hour. The hometown favorite will have a great shot at creating a favorable storyline for the sport.
Simon Pagenaud of France has already won a big race at Indianapolis this month in the Inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10. The international driver seemingly has all the ingredients necessary to sweep both races at Indianapolis this month.
And that’s only half of it. With the race being so wide open and so many possible storylines, only time will tell how this race will be perceived when looking back on its rich history.