Readers, start your engines! We’re sharing a starting field of 33 poems – just like the race itself – as we lead up to the Indy 500 on May 28. The original poems come from a 2016 contest, sponsored by Indiana Humanities and the 100th Running Host Committee. The Indy 500 Official Poetry Contest revived a tradition from the 1920s, when an official poem was included in the race day program. Today’s poem is “The Heart of the Indianapolis 500” by Jenny Kalahar. Click on the image below to enlarge the poem.