The 2016 Indianapolis 500 got a little more colorful this past Tuesday, when it was announced that the Team Penske car of Simon Pagenaud would carry sponsorship from Menards for the two races in the month of May, as well as the race at Road America.
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For those that read this site and/or are regular listeners to Trackside, you’ve undoubtedly at least heard of the Carb Night Burger Bash – even if you’ve never attended. The name says it all. It takes place on the evening of Carb Day – the Friday before the Indianapolis 500. There are burgers and milkshakes available for purchase and there is one underlying theme – anything to do with the Indianapolis 500.
Today is always one of the most depressing days of the year. It’s even worse this year, because the calendar shifts next year. That means we have to wait an extra week for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 next May 29th. After four straight weekends up here and being so wrapped up into yesterday’s race all month – it’s all over. Even worse, we have to re-enter the real world with day jobs and such.
The last fifteen laps of the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 provided as good of racing as I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen a lot of racing in my lifetime. The Top Four at that point consisted of Scott Dixon, Will Power, Charlie Kimball and Juan Montoya. The four of them jockeyed for position and you really had no idea who was going to win. I was assuming Kimball would be content to finish fourth, but he raced his teammate and earned a strong third place finish.
Just a quick post before we head out for good. We headed to the garage area first thing and as son as we go there, it started sprinkling. Although it was enough to make us duck for cover, it lasted only a few minutes and amounted to nothing. As is usual on race morning, the tension in the garage area was palpable. This picture was taken around 8:00. Not long after that, the place became packed and there was a flurry of activity along with the occasional engine firing up. I love the smell of ethanol in the morning.
Good morning from what is soon-to-be a sunbathed Indianapolis Motor Speedway! It is absolutely perfect weather as the sun was just peeking over the horizon as we arrived here at 6:40 am. The Pagoda was already bathed in sun as darkness started to disappear from the area on the ground.
As we head to the track this morning to witness the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500, i have to ask myself “Has it really been fifty years since I went to my first Indianapolis 500?”. OK, it’ll really be fifty years next week since the 1965 race took place as that race was run on Monday May 31st. But do the math. My first race was the 49th edition and this is the 99th.