One thing about going to Indianapolis, there has never been a shortage of things to do if you are a race fan. But in case you have run out of new things to do – now there is one. Last month, former car-owner and popular driver Sarah Fisher and husband Andy O’Gara opened up Speedway Indoor Karting (SIK) on Main Street in Speedway. It is located directly across the street from Charlie Brown’s Pancake & Steakhouse and next door to her old shop and current home to Ed Carpenter Racing.
One thing that I like about going to the Grand Prix weekend, is that you get to do a lot of things without dealing with the crowds. If you’ve been reading George’s posts very long, you know how much he likes to eat. Whenever we go to a new city where he’s been before, he starts mapping out where our meals will be before anything else. Most people go to New Orleans for the partying. George goes to eat.
The different reactions to races that you see on social media, is an interesting phenomenon. After the Phoenix race, I saw where people thought it was terribly boring. After attending the frigid Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, a check of social media on Saturday night showed some people calling Saturday’s race “epic”. Neither race was as bad or as good, as those on social media thought.
The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis basically became Simon Pagenaud’s playground. In fact, you could say that about pretty much the Verizon IndyCar Series season. After five races, Pagenaud has won three races in a row, after finishing second in the last two. Consequently, he is currently running away with the championship.
As many of you know, there have been some changes here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. First and foremost is the addition of the new Main Gate. As we walked through the area today as the crowds were thin, so the plaza area looked vast. I can’t wait to see what it looks like in two weeks when 250,000-plus people converge on the Speedway and vie for position to get to their seats before the race begins.
Good morning from a breezy and cold Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We woke up to rain this morning, but the sun is trying to break through, and the clouds are giving way to blustery winds straight out of the north. I’ve probably been colder here, but it’s been a while. Race morning for the 1992 Indianapolis 500 was probably colder. I can remember one qualifying day in either 1967 or 1968 when all I could think about was getting warm – but I was also only about ten years old too.
By fast times, I don’t necessarily mean that the cars are that fast (but they are). Instead, I’m referring to how quickly the day went. Shortly after I put up the last post, we went on top of the Pit Row Terrace Suites and watched qualifying. Afterwards, we went to the Garage Area and somehow the day got away from us. We wandered over to the museum and gift shop, found a couple of items we couldn’t live without and then made our way back to the Media Center. By the time we got back it was 5:45.