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.
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?