Will Power celebrates his win in this year's Indy 500. Photo: Getty Images

Reader poll names Indianapolis 500 greatest auto race in the world

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Sorry, fans of the Daytona 500, Monaco Grand Prix or 24 Hours of Le Mans, but the Indianapolis 500 is the greatest auto race in the world.

So say USA Today readers, who in a poll by 10Best Readers Choice (10Best.com) fully agree that the Greatest Spectacle In Racing truly lives up to its iconic name and legacy.

“We’re happy to agree with the readers of USA Today and 10Best.com – there’s nothing on Earth quite like the prestige, tradition, power and excitement of the Indianapolis 500,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said in a media release. “The race continues to enjoy positive momentum and growth since the landmark 100th Running in 2016.

“Thanks to everyone who voted for the ‘500,’ and we will continue to work every day to ensure fans enjoy a fun, memorable experience every May at IMS.”

The Indy 500 is the world’s largest single-day spectator sporting event, drawing over 300,000 attendees to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as millions more worldwide via TV and radio.

The Memorial Day weekend tradition was nominated as a finalist for the poll along with Daytona, Le Mans and Monaco by a panel of racing and travel media. The poll ran from June through July 23.

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F1 races in Austin, Mexico City hitting financial rough patches

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AUSTIN, Texas — Two of Formula One’s three races in North America are facing financial issues that are raising concern about their future.

Organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix won’t get at least $20 million from the state of Texas for the 2018 race after missing a paperwork deadline set by state law. And new questions lurk about the future of the Mexican Grand Prix after the country’s new president suggested the government may not spend on the race like it has the last four years.

Both races have been popular with drivers and fans, and have enjoyed key dates on the F1 calendar. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinched season championships in Texas in 2015 and in Mexico City in 2017 and 2018.

Officials in Formula One and at the Circuit of the Americas, host of the U.S. Grand Prix, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.