How to Throw the Ultimate Memorial Day Weekend Race Day Party – The Action Network

The most exciting day of the year in motorsports is almost upon us. On Sunday (9 a.m. ET, ESPN), 20 drivers will contest the most prestigious race on the Formula 1 calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix.

Four hours later (12 p.m. ET, NBC), engines will be fired in Indianapolis for the 103rd running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indy 500. The nightcap features the longest NASCAR race of the year, the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C. (6 p.m. ET, FOX).

Betting these races is a must, but you have to bet the races in style. That’s why every year my wife Deena and I host a race day party like no other. It’s time to tell you how we combine fast cars with good food, adult beverages and intense gambling action into one insane race day experience.

The Basics

The race day tripleheader features three races in three locations that — for East Coasters — fall at perfect times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re on the West Coast, tough it up and adjust your body clocks for one day and be glad Monday is a national holiday so you can recover.

The gist of the ultimate race day is to pair a food course and beverage with the location of the race. So for Monaco, it’s a European-themed breakfast and beverage. Lunch brings us a hearty Midwestern meal and a grain alcohol or craft beer from the Heartland of America.