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May 7, 2013

May in Indy – Let’s Hit The Big Track in Speedway!

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 2:18 pm

Indianapolis 500Now that we are in May it is time for anyone who fancies themselves racing fans to focus on the one event that defines the sport – The Indianapolis 500. A list of items for which I have hope include:

-No rain on any day the track is open. The compressed month of May schedule makes this wish urgent, especially for those of us who need to travel to Speedway for practice days, qualifying and the race.

The Man-That the folks in charge get on the stick with regard to taking a flatbed over to the Home Depot on High School Road to pick up a slew of day laborers to freshen up the grounds or whatever they do at the last second to make it look presentable. Recent visits included dismay toward knee high weeds, lots of rust and a museum parking lot that is literally crumbling. It has not been that long ago that the philosophy of keeping the place pristine was paramount and embraced. This has not been the case since Anton was forced out.

-That the race is as exciting as all of the others in the recent past. If these drivers and cars can create the kind of excitement we saw in the most recent race in Brazil, we do not have a thing to worry about.

-It appears the chicken littles who portend less than 33 about October of each preceding year are incorrect. Again.50 Years

-That IndyCar eventually figures out how to make qualifying less gimmicky.

-That Parnelli Jones drives the pace car on the 50th anniversary of his win. That one is unlikely because there is a movie (Turbo) to promote.

-That D & R figures out a way to keep it going for the rest of the season.

The season thus far has been a pleasant surprise. One glance at the point standings indicates compelling head scratching. And welcome relief. The Foyt team and a driving Andretti in the top 3? Who would have ever believed that was possible?

Now….let’s get cars onto the track!



  1. Fingers crossed for no rain.

    Comment by TonyD — May 7, 2013 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

  2. I agree, qualifying should be less gimmicky. They need to run the same boost they will be racing with.

    Comment by TroyM — May 7, 2013 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

  3. That was by far the best street race I’ve EVER seen. Too bad they can’t all be that. I think what made it special is that the drivers were something other than Penske or Ganassi. I really like James Hinchcliffe; he reminds me a lot of my all-time favorite, Johnny Rutherford, in both personality and driving ability. He’ll be my favorite to win Indy.

    Comment by DOUG — May 7, 2013 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

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