Diehard IndyCar race fans will want to circle the day of the Indy 500 on their calendars. To make sure you don’t miss it, Stratos Jets offers charter flights to Indianapolis that will get you from the runway to the speedway in impeccable style. Billed as ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ the Indy 500 is the premier event of the Verizon IndyCar Series, and is held over the Memorial Day weekend (typically the last weekend in May). While attendance figures aren’t published, it’s estimated the Indy 500 draws approximately 300,000 spectators every year (Indianapolis Speeway is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world). Here’s a breakdown of some of the key statistics of the Indy 500:
- Defending champion: Simon Pagenaud
- Most wins: Four (A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Rick Mears)
- Most pole positions: Mears
- Most owner wins: Roger Penske of Team Penske
- First winner: Ray Harroun in 1911
As the name suggests, the Indy 500 is a 500-mile race around a 2.5-mile oval circuit. There is typically a field of 33 starting drivers who battle over 200 laps to earn the checkered flag. It's one of the oldest and most important automobile races on the planet, and is widely acknowledged as the largest single-day sporting event in the entire world. The total purse exceeds $13 million for the Indy 500, with more than $2.45 million going to the winner, making it one of the richest cash prizes in sports. With the amount of commercial air traffic arriving in Indianapolis for the big weekend, choosing Stratos as your air charter services provider is a great way to beat the chaos at the main airport. Depending on the size of your group, we can arrange for your luxury private jet to land at a smaller, quieter airport. We’ll even arrange for private ground transportation to your final destination when you arrive. Details like this are what make charter services the ideal choice for air travelers who prefer comfort, convenience and privacy when they fly.
Indianapolis is served by several high-quality airports: Greenwood Municipal (HFY), Eagle Creek Airpark (EYE), Indianapolis Regional (MQJ), Indianapolis Executive (TYQ) and Indianapolis International (IND). Accommodations: Conrad Indianapolis, The Westin, Omni Severin, JW Marriott IndyCar racing doesn’t get any better than the Indianapolis 500. Stratos Jets provides luxury charter services that will get you to the Hoosier State in safety and style. Call (888) 593-9066 (toll free) or request a quote online.