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RedsBaron
05-04-2011, 09:17 PM
Has anyone ever attended the Indianapolis 500? This is its centennial year and I am considering attending.

George Anderson
05-04-2011, 10:02 PM
I have lived my whole life in Indy so yes, I have been several times though I am not a fan of racing. However it is a fun time everyone should experience. The start and the end of the race are the best.

paintmered
05-04-2011, 10:13 PM
I went in 2000. It's a great time and worth checking out at least once. You don't get to see cars doing 230mph every day, especially 33 of them doing three-wide at the start.

A couple of things to know before you go: Indy is large enough that no seat offers a view of the entire track. And parking is an adventure, so be prepared to sit in traffic and take what you can when it comes to parking.

Razor Shines
05-05-2011, 12:09 PM
I've been a few times. Only when I was offered a free ticket. If you don't mind a little walk, we always had success getting out after the race by parking in the Coke lot. I think it fills up early though.

Plenty of food trucks to stop at along the way.

15fan
05-05-2011, 12:34 PM
You don't get to see cars doing 230mph every day, especially 33 of them doing three-wide at the start.

You've never been on I-285, have you? ;)

westofyou
05-05-2011, 05:16 PM
You've never been on I-285, have you? ;)

No doubt

George Anderson
05-06-2011, 11:45 PM
I've been a few times. Only when I was offered a free ticket. If you don't mind a little walk, we always had success getting out after the race by parking in the Coke lot. I think it fills up early though.

Plenty of food trucks to stop at along the way.

Check out parking at the Indy Zoo or local malls and then take a metro bus to the track.

It is a pretty good gig.

gilpdawg
05-09-2011, 03:07 PM
I've always had good luck getting in and out parking at an industrial park off 10th Street.

5TimeWSChamps
05-17-2011, 04:40 PM
Been the last 3 years, we have a group of about 40 that camps out at the coke lot Friday night - Sunday morning, consume way too much alcohol and go into the infield pretty much zombified every year for the race.

Wouldn't change it for the world, will be there again in a week and a half

Hoosier Red
05-21-2011, 07:13 PM
Alex Tagliani takes the pole. 3 of the first 4,4 out of the first 6, and 6 of the first 9 are from "non power teams."


The fast 9 shootout is a bit contrived, but it sure made the race for the pole exciting.

GIK
05-22-2011, 07:18 PM
I went last year with my Dad and had a fabulous time. I definitely recommend going at least once for the total experience. If you go, go for the entire weekend.

PS- Don't miss St. Elmo Steak House!

RedsBaron
05-23-2011, 07:58 AM
My oldest son John and I are going to the 500. I am looking forward to it. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.
Incidentally, media coverage of auto racing sometimes drives me nuts. I just watched a profie of last year's Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti on ESPN Sports Center. For the most part it was good, except when the reporter referred to the racing accomplishments of Jim Clark in the "1960s and 1970s." Scottish racing legend Clark, who is Franchitti's idol, was killed in a crash in 1968, so he is hardly known for his victories in the 1970s.

Hoosier Red
05-23-2011, 10:41 AM
My oldest son John and I are going to the 500. I am looking forward to it. Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.
Incidentally, media coverage of auto racing sometimes drives me nuts. I just watched a profie of last year's Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti on ESPN Sports Center. For the most part it was good, except when the reporter referred to the racing accomplishments of Jim Clark in the "1960s and 1970s." Scottish racing legend Clark, who is Franchitti's idol, was killed in a crash in 1968, so he is hardly known for his victories in the 1970s.

You're right that sports coverage can drive one nuts. That one in particular would have been so easy to check, but instead it was just thrown in. I'm sure Clark was well known into the 70's. I'm guessing they took Franchitti's birthday of 1973 and Clark's active years, and just lazily said 60's and 70's.

The problem with auto racing in particular is that so few people know and are paying attention acutely enough to call attention to the problem. If ESPN makes a factual error on a story about Lebron James, 90% more people know the error, and are more likely to be watching (and paying attention) to the show.

Danny Serafini
05-23-2011, 11:14 AM
Incidentally, media coverage of auto racing sometimes drives me nuts. I just watched a profie of last year's Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti on ESPN Sports Center. For the most part it was good, except when the reporter referred to the racing accomplishments of Jim Clark in the "1960s and 1970s." Scottish racing legend Clark, who is Franchitti's idol, was killed in a crash in 1968, so he is hardly known for his victories in the 1970s.

That's brutal. Not unexpected though. It's like the AP story about yesterday's qualifying. Here's the opening line: "Michael Andretti's team finally overcame its May curse." Really? I didn't realize that failing to qualify two of your cars constituted success. It's like people aren't even paying attention.

RedsBaron
05-23-2011, 01:46 PM
You're right that sports coverage can drive one nuts. That one in particular would have been so easy to check, but instead it was just thrown in. I'm sure Clark was well known into the 70's. I'm guessing they took Franchitti's birthday of 1973 and Clark's active years, and just lazily said 60's and 70's.

The problem with auto racing in particular is that so few people know and are paying attention acutely enough to call attention to the problem. If ESPN makes a factual error on a story about Lebron James, 90% more people know the error, and are more likely to be watching (and paying attention) to the show.

I've got to acknowledge that I erred. I happened to catch a re-broadcast of the Franchitti portion of Sports Center and the reporter referred to Jackie Stewart, not Jim Clark. Stewart was successful in both the 1960s and 1970s. I knew that Clark was Franchitti's idol and my brain (such as it is) thought it heard the reporter say Jim Clark, not Jackie Stewart. My apologies to ESPN. :oops:
I do agree that coverage of motor sports by media that does not generally concentrate in that area often leaves something to be desired.

gilpdawg
05-23-2011, 09:52 PM
Sportscenter made it look like Conway qualified. They showed his run but didn't mention him bring bumped.

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Danny Serafini
05-30-2011, 12:35 AM
So, who saw that finish coming? :eek:

RedsBaron
05-30-2011, 07:42 AM
Shoot I didn't really comprehend the finish and I saw it. My son John and I were sitting in the Paddock, section 17, row SS, seats 5 and 6, near the finish line (we were directly across from Marco Andretti's pit).
I had told John that when Danica Patrick had to pit that Dario Franchitti had it won, as I assumed he didn't need to pit again, but when Dario pitted I figured J.R. Hildebrand would also have to pit for fuel. After Hildebrand took the white flag with a big lead I expected he had the win. I was looking towards turn four to see his car. Next thing I knew I saw a car into the wall but I didn't realize that it was Hildebrand. I was trying to figure out who crashed when Dan Wheldon streaked buy to claim the win. Incredible finish.
This was my first visit to Indy. It surely deserves its nickname of the "Greatest Spectacle In Racing" as it is truly a spectacle. 250,000+ people in attendance. The sounds and the speed are amazing.

5TimeWSChamps
05-31-2011, 01:04 PM
I was in Stand H, Section 1 right at the beginning of the front stretch between Turn 4 and the pits...It was unreal