The Indianapolis Motor Speedway

I have been thinking of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week as I have been teaching virtually in Indianapolis.

Of course this has made my mind wander to memories of the Indianapolis 500.

My furthest back clear memory of the race was visiting my great aunt Esther and that her husband Walter was all excited about the race. We were able to watch part of the race with him. The memory is a clear one, and I can even remember the book that I was reading that weekend. I don’t remember the exact year, but it was probably when I was about 7 or 8.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianaopolis, Indianapolis 500, Brickyard, Gasoline Alley, Memorial Day WeekendI have watched a few of the races throughout the years. However, they are mostly run when I am at church services which are much more important.

I do have another great memory of the speedway. Back in 2009 I visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with my friend David who lives not far from the speedway.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianaopolis, Indianapolis 500, Brickyard, Gasoline Alley, Memorial Day WeekendThe speedway was constructed in 1909, so we were there in the centennial year.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianaopolis, Indianapolis 500, Brickyard, Gasoline Alley, Memorial Day WeekendWe first visited the museum and saw a lot of old racing cars as well as a lot of other memorabilia associated with the track.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianaopolis, Indianapolis 500, Brickyard, Gasoline Alley, Memorial Day WeekendWe also saw the Borg-Warner trophy which is presented to the winner of the Indianapolis 500.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianaopolis, Indianapolis 500, Brickyard, Gasoline Alley, Memorial Day WeekendI also got to sit in a race car. I felt really big. It would not have been a comfortable ride for 500 miles.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianaopolis, Indianapolis 500, Brickyard, Gasoline Alley, Memorial Day WeekendWe also went on a tour of the infield of the track. Unfortunately there were cars on the track so we were not able to visit the starting line or walk out on the track. We were not even allowed to leave the bus.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianaopolis, Indianapolis 500, Brickyard, Gasoline Alley, Memorial Day WeekendWe did drive through Gasoline Alley and saw where the cars are worked on.

Overall it was a nice visit to the track. Especially as both David and I took a lot of pictures.

Have you ever been to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

Steven

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2 Responses to The Indianapolis Motor Speedway

  1. On Saturday, November 7, 2020, Braman’s Wanderings wrote:

    > vanbraman posted: “I have been thinking of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway > this week as I have been teaching virtually in Indianapolis. Of course this > has made my mind wander to memories of the Indianapolis 500. My furthest > back clear memory of the race was visiting m” >

  2. J. Douglas Boles says:

    Steven,

    Nice post. And, we do have a church service here at IMS on Indy 500 Sunday! Come on out to the race and enjoy service with other believers who enjoy racing. The Indy Racing Ministry puts on a service at every IndyCar race and has a full time minister.

    Thanks again for posting.

    Doug

    J. Douglas Boles
    President
    Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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