More May memories

Posted on: May 15, 2010 | Comments (1) | Indy 500 | By: Dave

Bill Steinmaker has attended Opening Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for “you don’t want to know how many years.”

“I’ve missed quite a few Mother’s Day lunches,” he says.

Gasoline Alley

The famous Gasoline Alley

Fortunately, Opening Day 2010 is Saturday, May 15. Steinmaker, bronze badge securely pinned to the lanyard and with notebook in hand (for autographs), will be at the racetrack hours before opening ceremonies at 11:40 a.m. and stay until the final few garage doors close for the evening.

“There’s just no place like it,” he says. “Race Day, of course, is the ultimate. The sights, sounds, the mass of people. In years past, it was a sort of culture shock. Now it’s families and college kids in addition to the fans that want to have their own good time.

“Opening Day is interesting unto itself. There are people like me who just love being at the track all the time. It being on a Saturday this year, a lot of families I guess will come out. And there’s a new format (veterans practice from noon-2 p.m. and rookies take the main stage from 2-6).”

Opening Day at the Speedway holds memories for long-time visitors and will create memories for first-timers.

“And,” Steinmaker says, “I got to take my mother out for a nice lunch on Mother’s Day.”

What are some of your memories of visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?


There is one comment for this post.

  1. Lee Robison on May 15, 2010 8:27 pm
    Lee Robison

    My first visit to IMS was the 1959 500. I was 13 and we began the trip by going to the Fairgrounds for a night of profssional wrestling. As a 13 year old I thought nothing could be better than watching Dick the Bruiser fight. On Memorial Day we headed for the track and parked in the infield. The thing I remember were all the towers people built in order to watch the race. We were in Tower Terrace Ext. right where the track transitioned from asphalt and the bricks. I remember the pink car of the pole sitter and I remember Pat Flarity spinning in front of us. Rodger Ward won and as they say a good time was had by all. I have been back many times but I will always remember my first 500. It was more fun than wrestling.

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