Welcome To The Mob That Is Carb Day
As we were driving through the mob in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I had to ask myself why I was here. Yes, I’m old – but this wasn’t my bag thirty years ago. I was never of the shirtless, throw a Frisbee walk barefoot crowd. Most will not be surprised that I worse shorts, tennis shoes and polos to any large gathering like this. Now, it’s just expected of my age group.
Aside from the Verizon IndyCar practice, the Indy Lights race and the pit-stop competition – I’d say it’s a safe bet that the vast majority of the crowd is not here for racing. If they never see a car, it’ll probably suit most of them just fine.
Now that we have gotten to the safe (and air-conditioned) confines of the IMS Media Center so that I could put up this post – I’m tempted to park myself here. Normally, I spend as little time as possible here. I much prefer being out in the crowd and being with race fans. But these aren’t race fans, for the most part. I’m halfway kidding. Of course, I’m heading out; but make no mistake – this is a mob, and they’re starting to show signs of inebriation.
As for the racing – Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon led the practice this morning. This is looking very similar to 2012, when the Ganassi cars pretty well stunk the place up all month. That is – until Carb Day, when they led practice. Dario Franchitti went on to win the race. Is this a prelude to seeing Tony Kanaan win two straight after being shut out for so long? Or could Scott Dixon be looking at Win Number Two, after scoring his first win six years ago? An already interesting field just got a little more interesting.
For the record – Gabby Chaves won the Indy Lights Freedom 100 earlier today. The pit stop competition is still going on as I type.
We’re now going to foolishly venture out into the mob. We haven’t had lunch and I crave a tenderloin. If you never see another post from me, you’ll know I didn’t make it out alive. At least I met my demise at IMS. Seriously…check back later.