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The Indianapolis 500, or Indianapolis 500-Mile Race as it is formally known, is an American automobile race held annually over the Memorial Day weekend in Speedway, Indiana. Begun in 1911 and known as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing", it is one of the oldest motorsport events and is attended by nearly 400,000 people annually, making it the largest single-day sporting event in the world.
- In a 1977 episode of Sesame Street, Grover pretends to drive Gordon's car. He imagines driving in the Indianapolis 500, the Grand Canyon, and to downtown Cucamonga. While pretending to be at the 500, he complains that he doesn't think there are 500 cars. Gordon agrees, and says it looks more like 490.
- The 1979 Sesame Street Calendar features the Indianapolis 500 for the month of May.
- In the Muppet Babies coloring book, Muppet Babies Visit the Fifty States, Baby Kermit visits the Indianapolis 500.
- Robin Roberts was the offical pace-car driver for the 2010 Indianapolis 500.