It’s Little 5 weekend at IU! While many know the story from the film Breaking Away, some don’t know how the race came to be. Little 500 is always held the third weekend of April at Bill Armstrong Stadium. It’s attended by more than 25,000 fans.
The race was founded in 1951 by Howdy Wilcox Jr., the Executive Director of the Indiana University Student Foundation, who modeled the race after the Indy 500, which his Dad had won in 1919. Racers compete in teams of four, racing relay-style for 200 laps along a quarter-mile cinder track. Thirty-three teams are selected in qualifications trials to compete in the main race. It’s not just a party weekend … the money raised by the event funds scholarships for working IU students.