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USA TODAY Sports guides you through the biggest weekend in motor sports, starting with Formula One's crown jewel in Monaco to IndyCar's 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 to NASCAR's longest race of the year -- the Coca-Cola 600.

Sunday's TV Guide

Monaco Grand Prix: NBC, 8 a.m. ET

Indianapolis 500: ABC, noon ET

Coca-Cola 600: Fox, 6 p.m. ET

Step-by-step viewers' guide

Leave it to the driver who will be the most-watched in American racing Sunday to explain the significance of the biggest day in motor sports.

"I always open the USA TODAY or click on different websites for Memorial Day weekend … (and) that's a time for motor sports to shine," said Kurt Busch, who is attempting to become the fourth driver to participate in two of the day's three big races.

"It starts with Monaco and goes through Indy and ends in Charlotte."

DOUBLE LIFE: A weekend behind-the-scenes with Busch

Fortunately, your day will be much easier than Busch's. You don't have to drive 500 miles, hop in a plane and then drive 600 more miles.

You can sit on the couch, hang out with friends and enjoy the food and beverage selections of your choice.

So leave "The Double" to Busch. You're going to do The Triple. Follow Jeff Gluck's primer:

7:29 a.m. ET

Set your alarm for one minute before NBC's coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix, giving you just enough time to rub the sleep from your eyes and roll out of bed. Yeah, it's early -- even earlier if you're on the West Coast -- but you now have 31 minutes until the Formula One race goes green.

8 a.m.

Green flag in Monaco! Hopefully you've had a chance to run out and grab something European-themed for breakfast. A croissant, perhaps? Get ready for a couple hours of staring at the jaw-dropping scenery around Monte Carlo, including the camera shots of yachts you'll never be able to afford.

10 a.m.

The first winner of the day is crowned. OK, not really crowned -- but at least the Grand Prix winner gets to hang out with royalty (Prince Albert of Monaco) and spray champagne. It might be a little early to join in with a toast of your own, but how about a mimosa or a cafe au lait?

11 a.m.

ABC kicks off its 50th year covering the Indianapolis 500 as the prerace show begins. This would be a good time to grab lunch and snacks (you won't be going anywhere for three-plus hours) and then return in time to bask in the Indy tradition. After all, it's the last time Jim Nabors plans to sing Back Home Again In Indiana, and you can't miss that.

12:12 p.m.

The Indy 500 is green. Things happen quickly in this race, so you can only really afford to breathe during cautions.

3:30 p.m.

It's over! Time for the new Indianapolis 500 champion to celebrate with the traditional bottle of milk (whole, 2(PERCENT) or skim -- winner's choice). Get to the fridge to pull out some milk if your favorite driver wins. But we recommend drinking it instead of pouring it over your head.

4:30 p.m.

Here's an important break. Rest your eyes, enjoy the sunshine or run to the store to stock up on food. You're going to need plenty of supplies to make it through another 600 miles.

COCA-COLA 600: Six keys to the race

6:18 p.m.

NASCAR's longest race of the year is underway on Fox. The key to enjoying the Coca-Cola 600 is to let it unfold and drop expectations of slam-bang action at every turn. This one is a marathon, not a sprint, so some caffeine would be helpful (the race sponsor certainly agrees).

10:30 p.m.

The Coke 600 winner has reached victory lane, and so have you. Throw a caution on that party cleanup; after 15 hours of racing, it can wait until tomorrow.

Danica Patrick's picks for Indy 500

In 2005, Danica Patrick became the first woman to lead laps in the Indianapolis 500. She also was named rookie of the year. In 2009, she finished third, the best ever by a woman. While she left open-wheel racing for stock cars full time after the 2011 season, she still closely follows the Verizon IndyCar Series.

To win: Marco Andretti, her former teammate

Drivers to watch: pole-sitter Ed Carpenter and reigning IndyCar titlist Scott Dixon

"I just had a feeling the other day that Marco was going to win. … All of us will be watching Kurt (Busch) and supporting him. He's my teammate at Stewart-Haas Racing, and I think he will do well. He's a champion. The key to remember is that it's a long race and a lot can happen, which is the advice I got before my first Indianapolis 500."









Indy memories give Kanaan happy face

Tony Kanaan wasn't sure about his place in Indianapolis 500 lore until he saw his face. Faces, actually. One very tiny and cast in silver, another quite large and towering over traffic.

Last year's Indy 500 winner is enjoying the benefits of victory, including a miniature likeness of his face on the $3.5million Borg Warner Trophy, which was commissioned in 1936 and features the faces of all 97 winners.

"He made me look better than I think I look," Kanaan said Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "At times you forget you're on it, but then people remind you again. On qualifying day, the trophy sits right there in pit lane. I actually did stop and look at it a few times."

But when Kanaan saw another benefit -- a giant banner of his face hanging from the back of the grandstands -- he knew he'd arrived. He first saw it while driving into the speedway from the 16th Street tunnel this month.

"When you come up through the tunnel, you see the museum," Kanaan said. "All those years, it's been kind of intimidating. It's like you're coming into the temple. It's like, whoa. But this year, it was like, 'Ah, I did it. This is my place. It's my place.' It felt awesome."

On rare occasions, a search engine helps remind him of how his victory felt a year ago.

"When I'm having a bad day, I just Google my name," Kanaan said. "I put that last lap up there, and it makes my day completely different. It never gets old, to be honest."

Larson following in Gordon's footsteps

The Coca-Cola600 has been known over the years for first-time winners.

Among them? Jeff Gordon, who won his first Cup race 20 years ago this month.

Could there be a first-time winner Sunday?

If so, a case could be made for Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson, whose career mirrors that of Gordon.

Plus, Larson's Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Jamie McMurray, just won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"I think me winning last week will help him confidence-wise," McMurray said. "When you know that another guy has won in the car and you feel like you're capable of winning, I feel like that's good for our whole organization, and I know that's going to be good for him."

Here's a closer look at some of the similarities between Gordon and Larson heading into the 600:

Jeff Gordon

Starts: 41 (won in 42nd start)

Age: 22 when he won on May 29, 1994

Born: Northern California (Vallejo)

Background: Sprint cars

Manufacturer: Chevrolet

Kyle Larson

Starts: 15

Age: 21 (turns 22 on July 31)

Born: Northern California (Elk Grove)

Background: Sprint cars

Manufacturer: Chevrolet

VIDEO: Nate Ryan's five drivers to watch in Indy 500

USA TODAY Sports' Nate Ryan breaks down who to keep an eye on at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

3 is a magic number

Drivers who have attempted the Indianapolis 500-Coca-Cola 600 double: John Andretti, Robby Gordon, Tony Stewart. Kurt Busch will attempt to become the fourth Sunday.

Drivers who have the most Indianapolis 500s victories (A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears each have won four times). Helio Castroneves, who drives the No.3 Team Penske car, could join them with a win Sunday.

Active drivers with the most wins in the Coca-Cola 600. Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne each have won NASCAR's longest race three times.

Drivers in the 2014 Indy 500 who have raced in NASCAR: Kurt Busch (current Sprint Cup regular), Juan Pablo Montoya (Sprint Cup regular from 2007 to 2013) and Jacques Villeneuve (has competed in at least one race a year in at least one of NASCAR's top three series every year since 2007).

Drivers in the Coca-Cola 600 who have raced in the Indianapolis 500 at least once: A.J. Allmendinger (2013), Danica Patrick (2005 to 2011), Tony Stewart (1996 to 1999, 2001). Kurt Busch will attempt to become the fourth.

Key numbers

1,261.8

Total miles scheduled for Sunday's three races (161.8 for Formula One, 500 for IndyCar, 600 for NASCAR)

678

Total laps scheduled for all three races (78 for Formula One, 200 for IndyCar, 400 for NASCAR)

98

Total cars entered in all three races

97

Times Indianapolis 500 has been held (first race was in 1911)

71

Times the Monaco Grand Prix has been held (first race was in 1929)

54

Times the Coca-Cola 600 has been held (first race was in 1960)

Note: Monaco GP not held in 1938-47, 1949, 1951 and 1953-54; Indy 500 not held in 1917-18 and 1942-45

For news and analysis during the weekend's big races, follow @nateryan for the 500 and @jeff_gluck for the 600.

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