The “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will now take place on Sunday, August 23, instead of the traditional Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. But I will look forward to the race, as it brings back some wonderful memories. This article is from 2010. About the only change is that about half of the engines are Chevrolets, half are still Hondas. And of the top nine qualifiers, eight are Honda engines!
The start of the race is a powerful and exciting event, 33 high powered engines, revving up to about 230 mph, 3 racers wide, 11 rows. The noise is deafening, ear plugs must be worn, the vibration shakes the grandstands and your soul, as the crowd noise tries to match the roar of engines. No matter how hard I try, I cannot imagine making a left-hand turn while pushing 230 mph!!!
You probably know by now that I attended five Indy 500 races. It is the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” by far, and one of the top five sporting events I have attended. Though most events (parades, concerts, parties), including attending the race are rather subdued this year, the Race still draws me in. Tune in at 10am today!
I first went in honor of my father, his love of auto racing, superb knowledge of auto mechanics and engineering, and his trips to the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The photo above is Bill Vukovich from Sanger. He was my Mom’s neighbor on Indianola Avenue.