The Afternoon Sun Shines On IMS

As the six o’clock hour approaches, the sun has come out and the track is drying. The crowds are gone and the Speedway is relatively empty. Of course, track officials made the right call to announce that track activity was done for the day. The rain persisted and there was no way to dry the track for additional practice, so we’ll have to wonder if anyone would have broken through 230 mph.

Although I would have preferred to see cars run all day, this is something of  treat – to get to experience the Speedway with no one around. The afternoon sun is shining peacefully down on this ancient facility and the whole place takes on an almost surreal personality. It’s time like these when I wander through here and think of all the great names that have raced here,won here and died here.

On race morning, one of my favorite things to do is to go out to the pits and walk slowly up and down the length of pit lane – by myself. With all of the hubbub going on all around, it’s almost a way to shut everything out and just take in all the historic surroundings.

That’s what I like about days like today. With everything going on for the past week, it’s a chance to walk around the grounds, with no one else here and just soak it all in. You know what it’s like after a spring shower, when the sun comes out. That’s what it is like here at the historic oval.

Drying Track

Anyway, that’s how I’m going to wrap up my day. the big decision for the evening is whether to go to the Mug-N-Bun or to Dawson’s on Main in Speedway. Either one is a treat. Then, rather and enjoy the night life as I would have done twenty years ago – I’m going to retire early. I’m going to need plenty of sleep, for tomorrow is going to be an early, long and enjoyable day. Please check here early and often. thanks for following along today.

George Phillips


3 Responses to “The Afternoon Sun Shines On IMS”

  1. Jim Gallo Says:

    Thank you George once again for the thoughts.
    We were not so fortunate as to be able to enjoy the time inside and after the rain, as we had to once again make the trip to our parking spot inside turn 3 and leave the mud behind.
    I too wonder what it was like years ago, when the rains came and those that tried to restrain themselves within had to endure another sleepless night before they could contest themselves.
    Tomorrow is yet another day for all of us.
    God Speed to all.

  2. Matt B. (Dayton, Ohio) Says:

    Enjoy reading your posts as always. I plan to be at pole day! And hoping, hoping we might get a 34th car by Sunday.

  3. good, George.

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