Memorial Day weekend means many things to many people: The nation reflects on fallen heroes and the weekend marks the beginning of the summer season. Racers and fans know Memorial Day weekend as the greatest weekend in racing.
The day starts out in Europe with the Monaco Grand Prix. The F1 race is the most aesthetically pleasing race on any racing schedule and the event far outweighs the actual race. The Monaco Grand Prix is a star-studded event in the stands as well as on the track.
Watching Monaco early in the morning starts the racing day and then it only gets better with another tradition laced race, the grandaddy of them all, the Indianapolis 500. The Indy 500 gets the attention of every racer in the country. The NASCAR Sprint Cup driver's motorhome lot is a mini Indy 500 party every year as drivers prepare for their own race later that evening.
The Indianapolis 500 has been off-limits for NASCAR drivers the last few years but Kurt Busch is working on making a run at racing both the 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 next season. Robby Gordon, John Andretti and Tony Stewart are just a few drivers who have run both races in the same day.
Talk of a bonus is once again taking shape for any driver willing to try racing double-duty and another bonus for any driver who could win both races on the same day. Bruton Smith, owner of Charlotte Motor Speedway, has offered $5 million in the past for any driver who could win both races and with Busch taking a shot next year the bonus is likely to make a comeback.
Memorial Day is one weekend that racing remembers the military and they also reward their fans with some of the greatest racing traditions of the entire year. Sit back and enjoy.