As part of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the pre-race ceremonies of the Indianapolis 500 feature several patriotic songs.Like most other sporting events, the national anthem is performed before the race by a notable vocalist.
The talk host reportedly said: “On the other hand, I would be really offended if there was a school that was known as a historically white college. What if there was the National Organization for White People, only?In early years, the track traditionally opened for practice on May 1 (regardless of the day of the week). The policy was typically to make the track available for practice no later than May 1, although in most years, few if any competitors would be on the grounds yet.In some years, the track would be available for practice and testing as early as April.Numerous other local bands, indie bands, garage bands, and smaller musical acts perform at other times during the month on days featuring track activity.Since 1998, a headlining concert has been held on Carb Day.Since 1971, the most popular and most traditional daily show during the month of May has been Donald Davidson's The Talk of Gasoline Alley.Since 1998, a concert featuring a top act(s) have been held the weekend of the race.In 2014, a second race at Indianapolis was introduced to the Indy Car Series schedule, conducted on the track's road course. Though not part of the month of May, since the mid-2010s, Founders Day has been recognized and celebrated at the Speedway each year on March 20.That coincides with the date in 1909 in which the Speedway was incorporated.Through 1970, the race was held on Memorial Day proper (May 30), regardless of the day of the week, unless it fell on Sunday. After the Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect in 1971, the race was scheduled as part of the three-day Memorial Day weekend instead, either the Saturday, the Sunday, or the Monday.Since 1974, the race has been scheduled for the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and has been held on Sunday with only two exceptions due to rain delays.