Today was the day I look forward to all year long, the day I blow off my friends and sit at home all day long glued to my TV: the Race Day Trifecta! For the uninitiated, there are three really important races on this day: the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500, and the Coca Cola 600. The Monaco GP is important because it’s a prestigious racetrack, the Indy 500 is important because it’s one of the longest-running racing events (and, some would argue, the only race in the IndyCar series that still holds any weight) and the Coke 600 is important because it’s the longest race of the season and right in NASCAR’s backyard. I always wake up early to watch Monaco, and this time was no exception even though I got home at 3:30 a.m. the night before. I also broke one of my cardinal rules — no leaving the house during any of the races — to grab lunch with a friend, but we chose a place with huge TVs so I didn’t miss any of the action. It all seems a bit obsessive, even to me and even more so to people who don’t care for racing at all. But for a person who watches practice and qualifying along with the races, who watches any race who comes on TV and would go to every race on the circuit, work permitting, it’s just what this day requires. These are some of the most important races in motorsports; in fact, two of the three comprise the Triple Crown. These are days which define a driver’s career and etch them into the history books. Every win is important, but these wins mean ever so much more, just because they are so steeped in history and tradition. Traditions are important and revered in motorsports, which is why I cancel plans in favor of sitting at home all day long and binge-watch these races. There’s no way to be at all three of these races in one day, so until the day I can attend just one, I’ll watch them zealously from my home.
Congrats to Nico Rosberg, Juan Pablo Montoya and Carl Edwards for their wins today.