One virtual constant throughout the history of hockey in the city of Indianapolis has been the Indiana State Fair Coliseum, now known as the Pepsi Coliseum, which opened in 1939, which also saw the arrival of the Indianapolis Capitals. It seats 8,200 fans. In addition to all the various hockey teams who have called the Coliseum home, it has also hosted the Indiana Pacers basketball team while they were members of the ABA from 1967 to 1974, which included league titles in 1970, 1972 and 1973.
Today's race will be paced by fastest qualifier and previous winner Scott Dixon, who flew around the track for an average of 226.760 mph. The pole position is his second, the first coming in 2008 when he went on to win the race that year.
Today's video section begins with highlights of the Indianapolis Racers from 1974 to 1979.
Finally, an Indy 500 tradition that came to an end last year, Jim Nabors singing "Back Home Again in Indiana", something he had done almost every year since 1972.