“The race was incredible to watch. It’s an interesting display of human ingenuity and the desire of humans to push things to the limit,” said band co-founder Ryan Merchant. “I’ve always appreciated racing but I’ve never been to a race live.”
Merchant and the rest of Capital Cities, best known for their tune “Safe and Sound,” were in Toronto as the opening act on Katy Perry’s “Prismatic World Tour.” When they weren’t performing for 20,000 at the Air Canada Centre, they spent time at the Honda Indy Toronto, serving as its grand marshals.
Merchant, who grew up near the Calistoga, (Calif.) Speedway, said he loves motorsports. So, now that he has witnessed an IndyCar race, he wants more.
Following the first-time IndyCar experience, Merchant offered a few tips to other first-time race goers:
• Walk around and watch the race and its activities from different angles.
“There’s always good food and drinks and activities to take part in.”
• Do some research on the cars and drivers so you understand what’s going on.
• Bring ear protection.
“We had a little decibel reader on our phones (and the race came in at about 110 decibels). It is like being in front of a speaker (at a concert).”
• Get VIP access.
“It’s always interesting to see something like racing up close and be able to walk into the pits area and see how fast they are changing the tires and refueling.”