It’s Grand Prix Race Day At Indianapolis
Good morning from a currently dry Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where we are preparing for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. If the weather reports are correct, it won’t be that way through the whole day. There is an ominous darkness to the west that appears to be slowly engulfing The Speedway.
I would like to be positive, but I must be honest. There is not much buzz here this morning. Of course, we’re still more than five hours from the start of the Verizon IndyCar Series race this afternoon – but I’ve seen bigger crowds on practice days. Those that are here seem to still be a little sleepy. Again, I’m falling into the trap of comparing this to Race Day for the “500” – and that’s not fair.
The weather will probably have a huge effect on today’s crowd. This event is much more dependent on the walk-up crowd than the “500” is. That’s ironic because they will actually run in the rain for this event, and not for the “500”. But I’m thinking that this event depends much more heavily on local support and less on those that travel very far.
Prior to the IndyCar race this afternoon, there is a lot of track action today involving the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system. Indy Lights cars just finished their warm-up as I type. At 10:40, there will be the second US F2000 race of the weekend. That will be followed by the Verizon IndyCar Series warm-up at 11:30. Then, the third Pro Mazda race will go off at 12:25, followed by the second Indy Lights race at 1:25.
Before the IndyCar race at 3:30, IMS is allowing all Bronze Badge holders to take pert in a Grid walk. After the race, anyone will be allowed to go out onto the track in what is being known as a Fan Invasion.
It promises to be a full day of racing, even if the weather does not cooperate. I just hope local fans know this. Even in its second year, despite the hard work by Doug Boles and his staff – there still seems to be some confusion in the local area about just what is going on here this weekend. Reportedly, a local TV station reported Thursday night that sports cars would be running at IMS this weekend. Hmmm…
Anyway, we are going to go wander about while it is still dry. Please check back throughout the day for additional posts and pictures. Susan promises to have a post up here this weekend also. In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter at @Oilpressureblog and @MrsOilpressure for up to date comments and pictures. Back in a bit.