There are racing events and then there are the biggest races in the world. Fans of Brickyard 400, Indy 500, and Daytona 500 Betting will tell you which they prefer, but it is my duty to try and be as objective as possible with my own list. However, I am not infallible, so I hope you will forgive me if you don’t find your favorite event on the list. Here are my top five picks for the biggest racing events on the globe.
Monaco Grand Prix
This one was an easy pick, to be honest. The race has been a part of the world scene since 1929. It is one of the most acclaimed and glamorous car races in existence. The course is narrow, with tight corners of the streets of Monaco testing the drivers’ control and guts. The elevation changes and tunnels provide the contestants with additional challenges and mistakes are not easily forgiven. Indeed, sometimes the outcome of a miscalculation can even be fatal.
I did say I would try and be objective, but this is actually my personal favorite. The Daytona 500 is slightly younger than the previous entry on the list, starting back in 1959. The driver with the most wins to his name is none other than The King, Richard Petty, who won the race seven times and continued the legacy of his father, Lee Petty, who won the first race.
If you are a fan of NASCAR, then this event has already been on your calendar for quite some time. Unlike most race series, the Daytona 500 doesn’t beat around the bush and starts at the beginning of each year. Considering the prize money and the starts and teams that enter the race, it is hardly surprising that the event is also dubbed “The Super Bowl Of Stock Car Racing”. Few races can rival its popularity, with the Indy 500 being its biggest contender on the subject. Sadly, it is not a part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, but you can’t have it all. I would love to spend more time on this event, but it would not be fair to other items I have prepared for this list.
Held every year in Indianapolis Motor Speedway in, you’ve guessed it, Indiana, the Indy 500 is held over the Memorial Day weekend and is followed closely by a remarkable number of people both on the course itself and the screen. Some believe this is the fastest racing series in the US and beyond. Like the Daytona 500, the race is also 500 miles long with 200 laps. The true fans of the event already know the ins and outs of the traditions and the ceremonies before, during and after the event is over, including the victory lane bottle of milk.
24 Hours of Le Mans
With the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indy 500, this event is the second race in the Triple Crown of Motorsport. The race is held in France and, as the name implies, it lasts 24 hours. Unlike other races on this list, it is not about the speed, but durability. It has maintained its tradition of putting emphasis on endurance and minimizing the time racers spend in the pit stop. The course, Circuit de la Sarthe, is a combination of public roads and racing roads, which keep the drivers on their toes at all times. Since it is nearly impossible, not to mention ludicrous and dangerous, for a single driver to go through this marvel of over 3,000 miles, it is actually three drivers per vehicle that compete, giving each other enough time to eat, sleep and recuperate.