Rank 'Em: World's best races

Created: July 26, 2011, 12:42 PM

Where does NASCAR's stop at Indianapolis Motor Speedway rank?

What are the world's greatest races?

There is nothing quite so simple in sports as the race. Start here, end there and be the first one to finish. Whether it's running, riding or driving, racing is as fundamental as it gets. No wonder we've come up with so many ways to do it, including the speed and spectacle of races like the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

What are your favorite races? Do you go for the horsepower of NASCAR, the power of the horses in the Kentucky Derby or something else entirely?


 
 
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans
    Auto racing
    24 hours
    First run: 1923
  • Aaron's 499
    Auto racing
    Talladega Motor Speedway
    First run: 1970
  • America's Cup
    Sailing
    Course varies
    First run: 1851
  • Boston Marathon
    Running
    26.2 miles
    First run: 1897
  • Allstate 400
    Auto racing
    400 miles
    First run: 1994
  • Coca-Cola 600
    Auto racing
    Charlotte Motor Speedway
    First run: 1960
  • Dakar Rally
    Auto/Motorcycle racing
    Route varies
    First run: 1977
  • Daytona 500
    Auto racing
    500 miles
    First run: 1959
  • Grand National
    horse racing
    Aintree Racecourse
    four miles, 856 yards
    First run: 1839
  • Kentucky Derby
    Horse racing
    1.25 miles
    First run: 1875
  • Indianapolis 500
    Auto racing
    500 miles
    First run: 1911
  • Ironman World Championship
    Endurance
    2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26 mile run
  • Monaco Grand Prix
    Auto racing
    Approx. 162 miles
    First run: 1929
  • NHRA U.S. Nationals
    Auto racing
    O'Reilly Raceway Park (Indianapolis)
  • New York City Marathon
    Running
    26.2 miles
    First run: 1970
  • Olympic 100-meter freestyle
    swimming
    First contested: 1896 (modern)
  • Olympic 100 meters
    running
    100 meters
    First run: 1896 (modern)
  • Olympic downhill
    Skiing
    Course varies
    First run: 1948
  • Southern 500
    Auto racing
    Darlington Motor Speedway
    First run: 1950 (original Labor Day version race ended in 2004)
  • Tour de France
    Cycling
    Course varies
    First run: 1903