Missing the Start of the Race

The start of the Indy 500 is amazing. 33 cars circle the track following the pace car. As they approach turn 4 and prepare to accelerate to begin the race, the pace car exits into the pits, the flag is waved and the engines roar. EXHILARATING! The problem is I’ve been missing the start of…

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Getting Your Carbs Right

On Friday May 27th, race fans will fill the Indy 500 stadium and infield as they gather to experience “Carb Day.” No, this isn’t some racing diet. “Carburation Day” is actually the final day of practice, the day for the Pit Crew Competition AND an all-out party. Indy cars haven’t used carburetors for more than…

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Winning Is (in) the Pits

My first time at the Indy 500 complex was for the time trials. These are the qualifying days leading up to the race. Fewer people attend so it’s easier to get around. I was able to walk through the pit area and watch these guys replace 4 tires, fill ‘er up with fuel and clean…

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The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Just seeing a picture of an Indy car gets my blood pumping. It’s the month of May and that means racing! I grew up listening to the Indianapolis 500 on radio. The sound of those machines flying past the microphone is so unique – there’s no other sound quite like it. I grew up about…

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