Americans certainly know how to put on a motor race. Yesterday’s Indianapolis 500 was a thriller on the track, as Dario Franchitti resisted a last-lap challenge from Takuma Sato to win the famous race for the third time. 

Yet even if the race had been processional, the pomp and ceremony surrounding it makes Indy one of those ‘bucket list’ events for many petrolheads. It certainly was for me, and having ticked the box this weekend, I can say with some certainly that it was the most atmosphere-fuelled racing event I’ve ever attended.