The annual 500-mile race at Indianapolis was held last week. Even with rain delays, there was plenty of excitement and competition. That's the way it has been at Indy for almost a century; the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will mark its 100th anniversary in 2011. That will be quite a celebration.
Today, open-wheel racing in the United States is confusing to say the least. We still have the successor to CART, a spinoff of the Indianapolis 500 that is getting a new breath of life as the Champ Car series. And the Indy cars are campaigning around the country as the IRL, or Indy Racing League.
We can only hope that the two groups will come together for the benefit of race fans, sponsors and teams. But there is a large rift between them, and it doesn't seem as if it will be healed soon. Where is Judge Landis when we need him?
Meanwhile, the Indianapolis 500 is the jewel of racing in America and maybe the world.
The speedway now has the three most exciting races in the country.
The only Formula One race in the United States is just three weeks after the Indy 500, and that's followed by what is fast becoming one of the premier races on the NASCAR circuit, the Brickyard 400.
No matter what other races are run at the speedway, the Indy 500 is still an amazing event that attracts sponsors, automakers and fans from all over the world.
The competition has regained its stature, and the sponsors are excited to be part of this event, which is televised worldwide. The best teams and drivers compete at Indianapolis.
The challenge for each series is to add some of the same excitement to the rest of the 30 or so open-wheel races that are held each year.
Even with all the controversy, it is remarkable to see the involvement by auto companies and suppliers at Indy.
It still must be the premier racing event for companies such as Honda - its engines dominated this year's race - and Toyota and Chevrolet. And there are plenty of suppliers such as Delphi that take advantage of the history and popularity of the event.
Hopefully there will be some success in getting the two open-wheel series back together. But, regardless of the outcome, the Indianapolis 500 still deserves the moniker of the greatest spectacle in racing.