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The Indy 500: The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Gentlemen, start your engines.

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means pools are opining for the summer, families are firing up their grills and drivers are starting their engines for the greatest spectacle in racing: the Indy 500.

Indy car racers have gathered at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1911 to run the 500-miles-over-200-laps race with the hopes of taking the checkered flag. So sit down and pay attention, because TIME’s going to explain everything you need to know about the Indy 500 from the green flag to the victory milk swig. But don’t blink, because these cars move fast.

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WATCH: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Fiery Crash in NASCAR’s Duck Commander 500

The driver earned his first last-place finish since 2007 as a result of the crash. Rival Joey Logano won the race in extra laps, edging out Jeff Gordon.

Famed NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. crashed during the Duck Commander 500 in Fort Worth, Texas on Monday after hitting a patch of wet grass and blowing out a tire. The race had already been postponed on Sunday due to poor weather conditions. The driver then drove into the outside wall and his No. 88 Chevrolet caught fire. As a result of the crash, Earnhardt Jr. was guaranteed to finish 43rd, his first last-place finish since 2007, the Associated Press reports. The driver was not hurt.

Joey Logano went on to win the race in a last-lap pass of rival Jeff Gordon.

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