The field is now set for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the second year in a row, Ed carpenter finds himself on the pole for the Indianapolis 500. This proves that last year’s pole was no fluke. Ed definitely knows the fast way around this place. I’ll go out on a limb here by saying that before his career is over, Ed Carpenter will win one of these things. I don’t think it’ll be this year, but he’ll get one eventually. It’s so good to see someone who loves this place, experience the success that he has – especially always being on a smaller team. It’s a feel-good story all around.
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Good morning form a sun-soaked Indianapolis Motor Speedway! For once, there is not a cloud in the sky. The temperature is still a little cool at 48-degrees, but it is supposed to warm up tot he mid-sixties. For those wondering, the3 long-range forecast for Race Day looks good – sunny and a high of 77. Of course, a lot can change over the next few days but they have gotten much more accurate in recent years.
Throughout this week, I was still apprehensive about the new qualifying format and how it was going to unfold. Even today, after the entire field had been filled after a couple of hours – I was beginning to think this was a dud. Drivers didn’t seem too interested in improving their times if they didn’t think they had a realistic shot of making the Fast Nine. After the rain delay – that all changed.
Well, I suppose if the heavens opened up for the next two days – the field for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 would be set. The field has thirty-three qualified cars now and it has been raining for about the last thirty minutes. But it has stopped and I see brighter skies to the west, so I think we will see more track activity later in the day.
Qualifying just got underway as I type. We were late arrivers at The Speedway this morning. We ate dinner at Dawson’s on Main Street in Speedway last night and were later joined by Paul Dalbey from More Front Wing. One thing led to another and we didn’t get out of there until 11:00 last night. We slept in and were lulled into thinking it would be too cold for the cars to practice by 8:00. They were delayed by the cold, but not by much. We missed the practice and didn’t get on the grounds until 10:00.
The safety trucks worked diligently to get the track dried. I wasn’t sure if they would be able to, since it still kept spitting rain while they worked. The trucks made multiple laps while the jet-dryer was hard at work. It’s very windy here today, so that helped.
We are finally here at IMS for qualifying weekend. The weather reports didn’t lie. It is cloudy, windy and cold at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I was here for the 1992 race that saw numerous accidents attributed to cold tires. This feels colder than that. In fact, it is so cold here that as we were getting things out of our trunk after we parked the car; ice pellets were falling from the sky and hitting our car. I’m not sure if it was hail or sleet. The weather here looks like it could cause either.