It is amazing to me the notoriety that living in or around Indianapolis gets you. As a person who grew up 40 miles from the track, I never really appreciated this until I joined the military.
The most common questions…..” where are you from?”
Undoubtedly, when I would answer this question, the first response would be about the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500!
Memorial Day Weekend is the 500 mile race!
There are so many reasons why this race means so much to me! Family would be the number one reason. It is something that we all do together. I have been taking my oldest daughter for several years now. The 2021 Indy 500 was the first for my youngest.
The Team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway embraces the history.
It is of course Memorial Day weekend, a time to remember and honor those who have passed. Again, the track takes this seriously and does a great job.
The Fly Over!
I am a guy that served on the USS Enterprise, a nuclear powered aircraft carrier…..I have seen it all right? There is something about the annual fly over at the end of the National Anthem that gives me those around me goosebumps the size of mole hills! As the anthem ends, planes approach from the north of the track and buzz the length of track! It is one of my favorite moments of the event!
Back Home Again!
Another of my absolutely favorite moments of this day! It is exciting and it is the last event before the command for racers to start their engines. That means it is almost race time. If you want to see the excitement this song generates, check out the 2019 version here
I am not going to lie to you and tell you that all 200 laps are edge of your seat excitement because it is not. But, those first couple laps when 33 cars are bunch up and in a tight formation……Freaking Awesome.
This year marked the first time that my father in law was unable to attend. This was a tough pill to swallow for me, but it was even tougher for my wife who has been going with him since she was young. Some aspects of the day seemed totally different without him with us. But, in the spirit of tradition, my youngest daughter joined us for her first race and it appears this will be our new normal. That is ok, but will cherish so many memories with my father in law at the track.