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The official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management, but the permanent seating capacity is upwards of 250,000, and infield patrons raise the race-day attendance to approximately 300,000.
It shares its date with NASCAR's 600-mile event at Charlotte, with drivers having completed both events in one day before in a so-called Double Duty. Foyt, Al Unser Sr., and Rick Mears, each of whom have won the race four times.
Dallara is at present the sole chassis supplier to the series.
Firestone, which has a deep history in the sport, dating back to the first 500, is currently the exclusive tire provider.
Currently the Indy 500 is the sixth event of the 17-race Indy Car schedule.
Chevrolet and Honda are the current engine manufacturers involved in the sport.The event is steeped in tradition, in pre-race ceremonies, post-race celebrations, and race procedure.The most noteworthy and most popular traditions are the 33-car field lining up three-wide for the start, the annual singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana," and the victory lane bottle of milk.Also unique is that qualifying requires the driver to complete four, rather than one, timed laps and qualifying itself has its own weekend.The Indianapolis 500 is held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5-mile (4 km) oval circuit.