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May 22, 2009 12:00 AM

Memorial Day weekend: More are expected on the roads and Indy's track turns 100

Road trip

More expected on the roads this weekend
An estimated 32.4 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend -- a 1.5-percent increase over last year -- with most of them taking advantage of a plunge in gas prices compared with last year, AAA reports. Last year, Memorial Day travel dropped 9.6 percent compared with 2007 as gas soared to nearly $4 a gallon. AAA says about 83 percent of Memorial Day travelers are expected to hit the highways in a motor vehicle. Another 7 percent will travel by plane. The remaining 10 percent will get around by train, bus or another mode of transportation.
--Associated Press


A.J. Foyt in the car he drove to victory in the 1961 Indianapolis 500. (Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

Indy track races into 100th anniversary
Sunday's Indianapolis 500 marks the centennial of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, originally built in 1909 as a testing facility for the area's burgeoning automobile industry. The world's largest sports venue -- it can seat about 400,000 spectators -- also hosts NASCAR's Brickyard 400, and motorcycle and Formula One events.
--NWautos staff