The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (the Brickyard) a little over two weeks ago and I was fortunate enough to attend the race.

In recent years, really since the rain affected 2007 Indianapolis 500 won by Dario Franchitti than driving for Andretti Green Racing I have looked forward to the Indy 500 and with this year being the 100th running of this iconic race I extremely excited about the race and decided that I would attend.

I booked my ticket’s reasonably late in that I waited until this year in fact as late as March to book my tickets.

I was so incredibly excited in the build up to the race as not only was it going to be my first time attending the Indianapolis 500 it was also going to be the first time I attended a Verizon IndyCar Series race.

From the moment I landed in Indianapolis I knew it was going to be a special weekend. I arrived on Saturday the day before the race.

Stepping off the plane we were all greeted by this sign

Welcome to Indy

Welcome to Indy

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The countdown is on

 

At this point I felt like all my Christmas’ had come at once and this was only in the airport, little did I realize what was to come!

I had yet to collect my ticket for the race so from the airport I raced to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to collect them because I knew collecting them on race day would be a nightmare (Paddock Eye tip – if attending the Indianapolis 500 get your tickets early and have them delivered)

Having arrived at the circuit I collected my ticket my friend who I was with turned to me and said I have a surprise for you…I thought I wonder what this could be? I was in for a shock. Not only would I be attending the greatest spectacle in motor racing but I would also be gaining access to the garage area after the race.

At this point I was ready to burst with excitement. I didn’t sleep a wink all night and on race day I woke up early and we headed to the circuit. The traffic was absolutely chaotic bumper to bumper all the way to George town.

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Tony Kanaan on track

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe started the race from pole position and led the field away. The crowd were delighted with this with Hinch having missed last years race it was great to see him at the front.

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The race was won by Andretti Herta Autosport Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Alexander Rossi who coasted over the line running out of fuel to claim the biggest prize in motorsport. It was fantastic to see him win the race but than my attention turned to what was to come!!! Gasoline Alley

Meeting the Mayor of HinchTown

Meeting the Mayor of HinchTown          

The Indianapolis 500 was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. Following the race however there was more surprises in store. I headed to the airport to fly home the day after the race and as we drove to the airport my friend said to me I don’t think you’re going to be on this flight. I laughed!! However deep down I was hoping she was right.

I got through security and went to board my flight. Good afternoon Mr Johnston, did you enjoy your stay in Indianapolis. I certainly did was my reply and enjoyed it so much I don’t want to go home.

As I sat waiting to board my flight I said to myself wow what an incredible weekend, time to return to Canada and prepare for my next trip…or so I thought.

Suddenly the gate attendant made an announcement attention passengers travelling to Toronto, we regret to inform you that this flight have been overbooked. What does this mean I wondered.

The gate attendant explained that they needed passengers to volunteer to get a later flight. So I volunteered.

So my Indy 500 adventure continued and what did that mean. On Monday night myself and my friend attended the Indianapolis 500 prize giving banquet in down town Indianapolis. What a perfect way to end a magical weekend. People say that Disneyland is where dreams come true but for me Indianapolis Motor Speedway is where they do.

 

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