Sun, May 24
The Memorial Day weekend tradition returns with the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 from famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Top drivers competing for the Borg-Warner Trophy include Will Power, Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan, and last season’s Indy 500 winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay.
What was once a detention center during World War II, Stade Roland Garros in Paris is considered the premiere clay tennis stadium in the world. Once again it will host the French Open, where Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova will defend their 2014 titles. The action gets underway Sunday and Monday on NBC with ESPN2 continuing coverage throughout the week.
IndyCar and Sprint Cup aren't the only series holding races today, as Formula One revs things up on the shores of the Mediterranean with the Monaco Grand Prix. The Circuit de Monaco is a 19-turn, 2.075-mile temporary road course that features elevation changes, tight corners and a tunnel that make it one of the most demanding tracks in the series. A field including Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and two-time defending champ Nico Rosberg will try to meet its challenges.
A long day of racing concludes under the lights of Charlotte Motor Speedway, where a field including Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will do battle in the Sprint Cup's longest race, the Coca-Cola 600. Last year on the 1.5-mile North Carolina quad oval, Johnson led a race-high 164 laps in beating Harvick to the finish line by 1.272 seconds to take his fourth Coca-Cola 600 title and seventh victory at Charlotte.