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May 13, 2011

Hallelujah…Time to Throw the Gates Open At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to Prepare for the 500!

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:09 pm

Now that the month of May is half over, it is well beyond time to open the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It should have opened last week. Mother Nature agrees with me. Yours truly, family and friends will be lurking every day, as we were yesterday when, although not OPEN open, the rookies took their tests.

Naturally, the weather is iffy for the activities of this weekend, and the physical plant has not changed much. They re-galvanized part of E-stand and finally got around to mowing the grass, but signs are still not up in some areas surrounding the track. At one point during rookie orientation I had to pee, and chose one of the concrete block buildings just south of the garage area. As I stood there emptying my bladder into the trough, imagine the feeling of ‘eeeewwwww’ I got when the pee that went into the drain immediately came out of the drain trap, onto the concrete floor, around my shoes, then into a drain. That is the fifth IMS restroom I have visited in the past two years with that same issue. It appears the cost cutting measures are coming to fruition, and plumbing maintenance must not be in the budget.

IMS has become a glorified rental property. The current tenant rarely mows the grass and just leaves crap all over the yard while the neighbors meticulously care for their patches. It is simply amazing.

That is not what is important. Cars on the track is what it is all about. That happens (officially) tomorrow. They also raised admission fees, so be prepared. This year should be intense with regard to qualifying with perhaps 42 people going for the 33 slots. We will see you there bright and early!



  1. Plan on being there tomorrow and Sunday too. Sounds like I’ll need to wear depends.

    Comment by Mike Miller — May 13, 2011 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

  2. I’ll be up there either Saturday or Sunday, depending on which day the weather looks like it will be best at noon. I’d prefer Sunday as I’m also a Psychodot fan but I want to see those indy cars run!

    Comment by Bob F. — May 13, 2011 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

    • You guys and Defender are there. I’ve just started a new job and cannot get away. I do remember my first time there, back in 1995 (yeah, I’m in my 30s)…I still remember getting to see whole day-long blocks of programming from IMS on ESPN throughout May, 1994, and it just breaks my heart to see how May has been downsized, and how coverage has been reduced—unless I am mistaken—to Pole Day on Versus and then the race itself on ABC. Guess I’ll just have to make better plans for next year, though, because—downsizing or otherwise—I haven’t been there since 2005 and I want to be there again.

      Comment by Matsudai Olvidado — May 14, 2011 @ 3:01 am | Reply

  3. When are you going to quit crying about the length of the month of May? Seriously, what you want is such an outdated concept that makes no sense at all. What is the purpose of opening the track 2 to 3 weeks before race day, only to have it open for only 5 of the final 13 days before the actual race? I suppose you think the car owners are just “consituents” who need to just do what the speedway tells them to do. Spend 3 weeks there and only be able to buy their food and iced tea at highly inflated prices off of who the speedway tells them to.

    Editor’s Note: In addition to your oft proven lack of comprehension skills, you very clearly have zero understanding of the spirit and tradition IMS offers. It is thinking like yours that killed cart, twice, and still threatens to destroy the sport completely. That type of thinking is dangerous.

    Comment by TroyM — May 15, 2011 @ 2:43 am | Reply

    • I’m never going to let it go. You probably shouldn’t have led with the “when are you going to stop crying” comment because now that I know you’ve got such a thin skin, I’ll keep saying that just to annoy you. I don’t care about car owners, highly-inflated prices or anything like that. Indianapolis and May have been synonymous to me since I was a child and yeah, I’ve made it to more than just a couple Indianapolis 500s, I love Indy Car racing, I don’t care about “split” nonsense and I have spent enough days in E-Stand at different times of May to appreciate just being there. I don’t know if you are a regular attendee of the 500, a lifelong Indy Car fan or if all you know about Indy Car racing is what you see on TV or read online and I don’t really care about that either. Tell you what, Troy. I’ll make it easy for you. If you want to “suppose” about what I’m thinking: open those gates and let the people in.

      Comment by Matsudai Olvidado — May 15, 2011 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

      • I don’t have thin skin at all, it’s just funny how the author of this blog always rants all over forums and feedback sections for people to let things go and he won’t let certain things go. Truth is, it really makes no sense and it is kind of a waste for the car owners to just go out every single day and just run practice laps over and over and see who can run the fastest lap. They know what the cars can do, they know how to setup the cars, they have computers for all of that these days. It costs money to run practice laps and what is the point when you never know what the weather will be on race day? As for the track, there isn’t enough of you people around that “get it” to show up on all of the practice days to make enough money to cover the cost of running the place. I suppose the speedway can charge the car owners a daily garage rental fee, and force anyone that enters the race into a minimum amount of days. Or maybe they could force each team to house all of their employees at the speedway motel all month at $1000/night….oh wait, never mind.

        Bottom line is, numerous practice days is just wasteful and an outdated concept. IMS should have looked at what Daytona does during their speedweeks. They have actual races, which draw in actual fans.

        Comment by TroyM — May 15, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

  4. Oh c’mon all you haters, “You just don’t know what Indy means.” Well, thanks to Tony pretty much the rest of the world doesn’t know what Indy means anymore either. In his quest to rule the American Open Wheel world and to save the Indy 500 (which at the time didn’t need saving) he succeeded in destroying it. I come to this blog to read the last chapters in IndyCar’s life so that when a new American Grand Prix series rises from the ashes (Tony free) I can tell my grandchildren that I watched it all happen.

    Editor’s Note: Yeah…it looks ‘destroyed’ all right. LOL. This kind of clueless whining seems to intensify in May. Meanwhile, me and a lot of my actual racing fan friends are over there every day enjoying the sights and sounds of the greatest month of the year during the 100th anniversary.

    Comment by Gary — May 16, 2011 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

    • Understood. The Indy 500 has become mostly a locals only affair. The family drives in from Muncie on the weekend.

      Editor’s Note: When was the last time you attended, and how many Indy 500s are under your belt?

      Comment by Gary — May 16, 2011 @ 11:43 pm | Reply

  5. I respect your opinion and your agenda, and I appreciate your slant on things, but do not care about your bottom line, your team owners and their bean-counting accountants, nor do I care about anything that goes on at Daytona or in NASCAR—not the least of which would include the bigots and bucket throwers…I prefer my racing fender-free and I will continue to enjoy F1, IndyCar, World Superbikes and MotoGP, and I will admit to watching WRC and ALMS, BUT all of that started for me with the Indianapolis 500.

    Comment by Matsudai Olvidado — May 16, 2011 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

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