This year there is something for everyone available to purchase in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Gift Shops. From a paperweight that has dust from the original paver stones that made up the track to a commemorative 100th Running nose cone. I admit, I did see a few people shell out the $800 for the nose cone and they were hauling it around the garage area seeking all of the driver’s autographs. A perfect addition for your IMS-themed Man-cave.
There is a relatively new tradition at IMS that is becoming one of my favorite parts of Race Weekend – the running of historic cars on this iconic oval at 9:00 on the Saturday before the race. The great Donald Davidson is on the PA and pulls tidbits on many of the cars off the top of his head.
After two weekends of mostly hard-core race fans on the grounds of IMS, it has now become the playground of…um…the more casual fan. On the way up, I received a text from a friend of mine already at the track saying “…this place is PACKED!!! Biggest Carb Day crowd I’ve ever seen”. He did not exaggerate. Unfortunately.
After all the hype, hoopla and countdown clocks over the past year, the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is now finally upon us. Next week, I’m still not sure I’ll be able to say which one had a bigger feel to it – the Centennial “500” run in 2011 or this one. The 2011 race had an exciting finish to it, but it didn’t sell out. This year’s race was declared a sellout three weeks ago – the first time since the 1995 race. It remains to be seen whether or not Sunday’s race will be as compelling.
Contrary to my opinions that often run at odds with many people in my generation and to the aching in my knees and back delaying my inevitable start of many days, I realize I am really not that old. I’m 35 years old. Born in September 1980, I was 15 when the opening salvos of The Open Wheel Civil War were fired at Walt Disney World Speedway in January 1996. In the realm of fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series, I am not old. I am blessed to still be young enough to still be naïve.
Apparently, I got my wish when I said I wanted this year’s trivia contest to be more difficult. I thought last year’s was tough, but the winning entry came in just before the deadline with all answers correct. This year had another last minute entry, but he missed two. Still it was good enough to win a beautiful brand-new 100% cotton (no dri-fit here) Oilpressure.com polo.
With qualifications for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 now behind us, what better time would there be for another episode of One Take Only? There have been a lot of new readers come to this site this month for the first time. Now that you’re here, you’ll probably never come back after watching one of these.