Indianapolis 500: You Have To See It To Believe It

Sixty Feet, Six Inches Correspondent IMay 22, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 22:  Marco Andretti (left) driver of the #26 Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda competes with Helio Castroneves driver of the #3 Team Penske Dallara Honda during the final round of the pit stop challenge during Miller Lite Carb Day for the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 22, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Shame on us, we're an Indianapolis based blog, but we haven't talked about the Indianapolis 500 yet.

It's not that we hate the event, quite the contrary actually. While I think I may be the only one of the four of us that follows the IRL, my love destroys their indifference.

Yet, while today's post was intended to talk about the race, I didn't really know what to write about. I could cover the race, talk about some dark horses, which I'll include my picks at the bottom, or I could write about why you should care.

Then today while reading Deadspin I saw that editor A.J. Daulerio was coming to Indy to cover the race and the drunken debauchery that occurs in the infield.

While I love these posts because I get to laugh at hilarious ideas, I know that I need to take a joke and yes, strange things go on in the infield, which, is gigantic. A large amount of things can fit inside the infield simultaneously, like Yankee Stadium, Vatican City, and several other places.

I felt like this post should be about all the great things about the race and why people shouldn't let the Deadspin article hamper them from coming, but then I realized that my article would be exactly like the Deadspin article, yet in a different manner.

Instead of being hilarious, the way shaming a drunk friend is, mine would be sentimental and painting the track in a very rosy light.

The point of the post is that I love the track. It's great, I have a lot of fantastic memories about it, and my uncle taught me basically everything there is to know about the track, the race, and the IRL before he passed just a few months ago. It's part of what I love about Indy and it's something that anyone who enjoys racing, sports, or mass gatherings of people should partake in at least once.

Yet, I think you should experience it for yourself and regardless of who says what about it, you should form your own opinion after you've experienced it.

I will say this though, if you're looking to party in Indianapolis, Carb Day, which is the Friday before the race, is your day. It is an even that turns Georgetown Road into Bourbon Street. So I guess the track really does cater to all types of people.

So go to the track some time, that's all we ask. Form your own opinion, and if you have questions about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, we'll have the answers.


Winner: Dan Wheldon. Last time he started outside the top 10, he won it. Look for a repeat of 2005.

My Top 5: Wheldon, Dixon, Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Moraes

Biggest Surprise of the Race: Mario Moraes. He's been fast all month and in his second season, he seems to get better every race.

Things That Will Happen
: Milka Duno will reprise her role as the moving chicane and will cause a major wreck. This will be relatively early into the race. Also, Danica will crash out, and then will blame others for her own lack of skill apparently she's "changed."

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