People like to call the Sunday before Memorial Day “the greatest day of the race.”
They’d be right, because we all know that specific Sunday starts with the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, followed by the race’s greatest spectacle, known as the Indianapolis 500 – two of the three events in motorsport’s “triple crown”, as well as the Coca-Cola 600 – the race The longest and hardest on the NASCAR table.
While Sunday, May 29 will undoubtedly be the biggest day on the 2022 racing calendar, this entire month is filled with exciting racing events from start to finish.
Let’s first focus on what NASCAR fans should be looking forward to this month. After Sunday’s Cup Series race in Dover (which was postponed to Monday due to rain), drivers and teams from all three National Series will head south to Darlington Raceway for NASCAR’s annual “weekend.”
Just as baseball teams wear the throwback jerseys at “Turn Back the Clock” games, teams in all three series will pay homage to NASCAR’s past by playing paint schemes reminiscent of the legendary drivers who did before.
And let’s not forget the quarter-mile kings who are NHRA races. They have one race in May, the Virginia NHRA Nationals, May 13-15, at Virginia Motorsports Park near Richmond.
Back in NASCAR, after Darlington, the motorsport kings visited Kansas Speedway before heading to Texas Motor Speedway for the 38th edition of the NASCAR All-Star Race on May 22.
Currently, 20 drivers are booked for this event. Other drivers can get their way if they can win in Darlington or Kansas (and haven’t already won a points-paid Cup Series race in 2021 or 2022), by winning a stage at the last chance at the All-Star Open or by winning a fan vote via Internet.
The All-Star Race has one of the biggest salaries for individual events in motorsports with the winning driver taking home a million dollars!
Finally, on May 29, we have one of NASCAR’s true crown jewel events, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Coke 600 is a true battle between man and machine. At 600 miles, it is the longest running event in NASCAR. The extended event can last over 4 hours, so maintaining stamina and control of the car are essential for any driver who wants to win a 600 race.
This month will also be exciting for Formula One fans, especially those who live in the United States.
This Sunday, May 8 marks the start of the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix, the first time since 1984 that the world’s most prestigious racing series has held two races in the United States, in Miami and, later this year, the regular annual visit to The Americas Arena in Austin, Texas.
And let’s not forget that the US will host three Formula One races starting next year when the highly anticipated Las Vegas Strip race joins the calendar.
The new Miami International Autodrome will be 3,363 miles long, and 19 courses all take place within the parking lots and service roads at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium. The inaugural race is one of the most anticipated motorsports events in North America. Official race tickets sold out within minutes, and The average resale price of a ticket in the secondary market is nearly $2,500!
After Miami, Formula 1 heads to Barcelona-Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix on May 22 and then the biggest race on the schedule – the Monaco Grand Prix – on May 29.
The Circuit de Monaco is a very narrow track with many changes in elevation. While the track may not produce the most traffic opportunities, its location along the harbor and under higher elevations creates what is arguably the most beautiful location for hosting a Grand Prix.
As usual, many large yachts will fill the harbor and the race will be attended by many international celebrities. The Monaco Grand Prix is an event that should be on every racing fan’s wish list, but only the privileged few will be able to attend.
Last but not least, we can’t forget what May means to IndyCar fans.
Sunday May 29, 2022 will mark the 106th of “the greatest spectacle of racing” – the Indianapolis 500. But before the 500, we’ll also have another two weeks of racing excitement from the Brickyard.
May 14 Comes the ninth edition of the GMR Grand Prix, an 80-lap road race. The following weekend brings qualification to the Indy 500 itself. At the time of this writing, IndyCar is expected to announce an entire field of 33 cars to race, meaning that all teams entering the race will already be competing in the event. This means that “Bump Day” will not be necessary.
While there may be no shake-up this year, the four fast laps around the 2.5-mile oval to determine the starting point for the race will be, as usual, the boldest laps every IndyCar driver will achieve all year.
Finally, we have the best-saved race of recent times – the Indy 500. The cars and drivers at Indy have changed over the years, but one thing always remains: 33 drivers will attempt to run 200 laps for 500 miles to be the next face placed on the prestigious Borg Warner Cup.
This year has added excitement as 500-winning defending champion Helio Castroneves looks to become the first driver in history to win an Indy five times.
We’ll have writers on site at Indy to give you all the coverage, and we’re all at ARD so excited to kick off what will be an amazing month of racing.
We only have one thing left to say: Welcome to May!