The Time Cars Went in Circles for 500 Miles and I Enjoyed It

So I’m really not a fan of racing. Cars go in circles. Lots of circles, even. Big whoop.

But today I got to go to the iconic 98th Indianapolis 500 as media (after spending two other days at the track over the last week) and it was a perfect day. While I’m not a fan of racing, I appreciated being feet, or inches, away from legends in any sport. Marco Andretti was in the elevator with me after placing 3rd and I attended press conferences for the winner and runner-up of this year’s 500 (Castroneves and Hunter-Reay) as well as the conference for legendary 500 singer Jim Nabors. I interviewed Sage Karam last week, an up-and-coming driver, who placed 9th as a rookie.

All-in-all, it was an amazing day and an incredible opportunity and I loved every minute of it.

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1. Jim Nabors at the press conference before his final performance of “Back Home Again in Indiana”

10338329_726412447416027_403511591617355376_n  2. I was lucky enough to get to go down to Pit Lane and eventually, onto the track.

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3. Attempted panorama of my view from Pit Lane

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4. The infamous Pagoda, which ever so nicely provided a cool bit of shade on the track

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5. Hunter-Reay and Castroneves yards away from their photo finish.

 

Annnnnd for good measure, a picture of everyone’s favorite quarterback with a kid from Riley Hospital for Children:

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Hope everyone who went to the race and a fun (and safe) time!

Happy Memorial Day! Eat lots of food with your families but also remember those families whose loved ones never made it home.

 

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