The sport of Indy Car racing, more than anything else, is all about its fans. Nowhere are real fans more passionate than at Indianapolis in May. Generations of the same family make the annual trek in May from all around the world. For the past ten years the fan experience has been enriched by the annual presence of a rag-tag group of great fans who have set up camp in the days leading up to the 500 at a specific location in the Coke lot along Georgetown Road. Camp and Brew involves racing fans who bring motor homes of many sizes in from near; e.g., Ohio, and far; e.g., Denver.
For a few days before the race, these generous folks feed and provide adult or softer beverages for anyone who makes donations to help fight ALS in memory of a great racing fan, Brian Hall, who succumbed to the illness. Over the course of ten years, over $31,000 has been raised from just ordinary racing fans that stop by to socialize and see old friends.
All great things must come to an end, and this May will be the end of Camp and Brew. I suspect the folks who work so hard to keep it going may want to actually get away from the motor homes and into the track more often to enjoy themselves. The amount of work associated with Camp and Brew, which grew every year, is immense.
So my suggestion, from one racing fan to another, is that you find your way at least once this may over to the corner of Camp & Brew to say hello and thanks. Ask for Tommy, Glenn or Jimmy. While you’re at it, say hey to Scott, Sue, Andy, Mike or Roach as well. These people are the very best. I will be right there with you to do the same.