Rookie: Defined as an untrained or inexperienced recruit.
However, Simona has already shown that she belongs here. Moments before her first laps at IMS, I ran across Simona as she suited up as one of five women in this year’s 500 field. The moment reminded me of my “rookie” season as an IMS photographer just four short four years ago. The nerves, wonderment, and the challenge. It was also a “rookie day” for me with my new lensbaby lens!
Photo info: f/4 at 1/1000 with 50 mm. lensbaby
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.
The famous Gasoline Alley
Naturally, after almost a century, there are numerous Month of May traditions – instituted by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, implemented by clubs and groups and those personal remembrances that make the Indianapolis 500 so endearing and enduring. Indy Racing League vice president of public relations Steve Shunck talks about his yearly treasure hunt:
Some treasures from The Mail Room
It’s hard to know where to begin. There’s “Back Home Again in Indiana” sung by Jim Nabors, the Gordon Pipers, Pole Day, Bump Day, Carb Day, the “500” Festival Parade, Front Row Parties, Last Row Parties, seeing old friends, getting Long’s Donuts before the sun rises, dinner with pals at Mo’s Steakhouse or just sitting in a favorite section or seat during practice or qualifying.
But I know my month of May officially begins when I do one thing – make my annual trip to The Mail Room, which sells “500” racing collectables at 5230 West 16th St. (the corner of 16th and Lynhurst). My annual pilgrimage there waves the green flag on all other activities for the month.
After being delayed for two hours, I’m finally on a plane and my feet are so fahfahfahffffrigid that I can barely concentrate on my delicious frozen peanuts. A lady just walked past me wearing a face mask, the flight attendant busted my knee with the drink cart, and the guy next to me is surely Kenny Tarmac’s brother.
Attend the Indy 500 like a high roller
Why am I telling you this? Because travel tortures make me yearn for home (which is Indy) and makes me want to de-stress with a little socializing on Mass Ave. Again, why the heck am I telling you this? Because YOU need to come to Indy and YOU need to party! We’ve got a great little promo on our fabu little web site, RacetotheParty.com.
Not only can you watch our zingy new commercials, but you can register to win a fantastic trip to the Indy 500. Complete with suite tickets, pit passes and hotel accommodations, you know this weekend would be more appealing that baked beans and deviled eggs at your neighbor’s Memorial Day cookout.
What better way to kick off past Indianapolis 500 broadcasts on ESPN Classic than one of the most talked-about races in the history of the event – the 1985 “spin and win” by Danny Sullivan.
The race, to be broadcast at 3 p.m. (ET) May 3, is among the dozen to air on the network in May – all leading up to the Indianapolis 500 on the 30th. A marathon – tailor-made for your DVR – showing is scheduled for May 29.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
At 2pm on Wednesday April 14th-Sarah Fisher and Jay Howard marched up to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway administration building to deliver their official 2010 Indy 500 entry.
Raw Video: Sarah and Jay walk up to the IMS Admin Building
Jay and Sarah were greated by President and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jeff Belskus and the President of Competition for the Indy Racing League, Brian Barnhart.
Sarah and Jay also delivered these short messages to ask you to join them at the 2010 Indianapolis 500 by purchasing your tickets at imstix.com.
VIDEO: Check out Sarah and Jay’s messages