Two very fast races

Two of the world’s most prestigious automobile races were held on May 25.  Ryan Hunter-Reay (a 33-year-old American) won the Indianapolis 500 (Indy 500) and Nico Rosberg  (a 28-year-old German, image) won the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Monaco Grand Prix is a 160 miles (260 km) long race held in the streets of Monaco. The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the Formula One (F1) series races. F1 consists of a series of races called Grand Prix held in different cities all over the world. The number of Grand Prix races held in a year can change. The results of all the Grand Prix races are combined to determine the overall winner of the F1 World Drivers’ Championship. This year, there are going to be 19 Grand Prix races.

The Indy 500 was quite a close race! Hunter-Reay (image) won by 0.060 seconds. The Indy 500 is a 500 miles (800 km) long race held every year in the state of Indianapolis, United States. It is one of the oldest car races in the world and is often referred to as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”. The first Indy 500 was held over 100 years ago in 1911. The Indy 500 has many traditions, but one very unique one is that the winner drinks milk after the race.

Both the races are open-wheeled car races, which means that the cars have wheels outside their main body. The top speeds in these races are over 220 mph (350 kph). Do you know how that compares with the speed limits on the roads around your home? :-)  Here is a video showing some scenes from the Indy 500.

Image Credits: Nico Rosberg for Rosberg’s image, Chris Pruitt for Hunter-Reay’s image

Sources: http://www.indy500.com/, http://www.formula1.com/