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The Indy 500, is an American automobile race, held annually over the Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered one of the three most significant motorsports events in the world.
The official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management, but the permanent seating capacity is more than 257,000 people, and infield seating that raises capacity further to an approximate 450,000 people.
The 2.5 mile oval track opened in 1909. The qualifying speed record set by Arie Luyendyk, 5/11/1996, is 237.498 mph and that's really fast for holiday weekend traffic.
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