IZOD Indycar

Event: Indianapolis 500

Site: Indianapolis.

Schedule: Friday, Carb Day, including Firestone Freedom 100 Indy Lights race (NBC Sports Network, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.); Sunday, race, noon (Ch. 7, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.).

Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval, 2.5 miles).

Race distance: 500 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Dario Franchitti won the race for the third time. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver won a last-lap fight with Takuma Sato, their tires briefly touching to send Sato spinning hard into the wall.

Last race: Andretti Autosport’s James Hinchcliffe won the Sao Paulo 300 on May 5.

Pit stops: Ed Carpenter, the stepson of IndyCar founder Tony George, took the pole Saturday in a car he owns himself. Carpenter had a four-lap average of 228.762 mph. Andretti Autosport drivers Carlos Munoz, Marco Andretti and E.J. Viso took the next three spots.

Next races: Chevrolet Indy Dual, June 1 and 2, The Raceway at Belle Isle Park, Detroit.



Event: Coca-Cola 600

Site: Concord, N.C.

Schedule: Thursday, practice (Speed, 3:30-5 p.m.), qualifying (Speed, 7-8:30 p.m.); Saturday, practice (Speed, 10-11 a.m., 1-2 p.m.); Sunday, race, 6 p.m. (Ch. 29, 5:30-10:30 p.m.).

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 600 miles, 400 laps.

Last year: Kasey Kahne won NASCAR’s longest race for the third time for his first victory for Hendrick Motorsports. Denny Hamlin was second.

Last week: Jimmie Johnson won the All-Star race at the track for the record fourth time. He also joined the late Davey Allison as only drivers to win two years in a row.

Pit stops: Johnson has six Charlotte victories in points races. The five-time series champion won five times in a six-race stretch – taking the 2003 Coca-Cola 600 and sweeping the spring and fall races in 2004 and 2005 – and won the 2009 fall race.

Next race: FedEx 400, June 2, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del.



Event: History 300

Site: Concord, N.C.

Schedule: Thursday, practice (Speed, 1-3:30 p.m., 5-6:30 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (ESPN2, 11 a.m.-noon), race, 2:45 p.m. (Ch. 7, 2:30-5:30 p.m.).

Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway (oval, 1.5 miles).

Race distance: 300 miles, 200 laps.

Last year: Brad Keselowski raced to the first of his three 2012 series victories, leading the final 67 laps.

Last race: Kyle Busch won at Darlington on May 10 for his fifth victory of the year and record 56th in the series.

Pit stops: Michael Annett is racing for the first time since breaking and dislocating his sternum in the season-opening race at Daytona.

Next race: 5-Hour Energy 200, June 1, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del.


Camping World Truck

Next race: Lucas Oil 200, May 31, Dover International Speedway, Dover, Del.

Last week: Kyle Busch won at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 31st career Truck Series win.


Formula One

Event: Monaco Grand Prix

Site: Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Schedule: Thursday (NBC Sports Network, 8-9:30 a.m.); Friday, practice (NBC Sports Network, 1:30-3 a.m.; Saturday, practice, qualifying (NBC Sports Network, 8-9:30 a.m.); Sunday, race, 8 a.m. (NBC, 7:30-10 a.m.; NBC Sports Network, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.).

Track: Circuit de Monaco (street course, 2.075 miles).

Race distance: 161.9 miles, 78 laps.

Last year: Red Bull’s Mark Webber won the first of his two 2012 victories.

Last race: Alonso raced to his second victory of the year, winning the Spanish Grand Prix on May 12 in front of his home fans.

Pit stops: Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, the three-time defending series champion, leads the season standings – four points ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

Next race: Canadian Grand Prix, June 9, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal.


NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing

Next event: NHRA Summernationals, May 30-June 2, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, N.J.

Last week: Johnny Gray won the Kansas Nationals for third Funny Car victory of the season.


WNY Starting Line

Elegant Builders Raceway Park: IHRA Drag Racing TNT Hot Rods, Friday, 7 p.m.

Holland Speedway: 54th NASCAR Season Opener with Fireworks, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Ransomville Speedway: 358 Modified 50, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

Little Valley Speedway: Super Late Model Season Opener, Sunday, 6;30 p.m.

Merrittville Speedway: Lucas Oil Weekly Racing Series, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Raceway 5: Hall of Fame Night, Saturday, 6 p.m.

New Humberstone Speedway: 358 Modified Special, Sunday, 6 p.m.

Stateline Speedway: NDRL-ULMS Super Late Models, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Wyoming County: Raceway5/WCIS Dirt vs. Asphalt Challenge, Friday, 7 p.m.

Lake Erie Speedway: NASCAR Season Opener, Saturday, 6 p.m.