May 12, 2015
Mario & Howard
Angie’s List Grand Prix of
There are few things that could
have torn me away from the Key West Songwriter’s Festival, but one of them was
attending an Indy Car race in my hometown of Indianapolis. While not the Indy
500, the second annual Grand Prix of Indianapolis held on the road course at
the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is still worth a trip as far as I am concerned.
Not only did it give me a chance
to see yet another Indy Car race, my fourth of the current season, but it gave
me a chance to hang out in Indianapolis and see the many friends and family that
I have there. Not only that, but I was able to bring along my friend and
co-worker Howard to attend his first Indy Car race.
Simon Pagenead & Howard
Townsend Bell & team
It was a very busy weekend as
Howard and I flew up from Key West on Thursday night and early Friday morning,
we were out at the track, taking in all the action of the Indy Car practice and
qualifying. We had the opportunity to spend time in my friend Brent’s Tower
Terrace Suite that overlooks the pit lane and served as a perfect viewing
platform and home base during the weekend.
Simona De Silvesto & Howard
The suite also had free drinks and
catered food from the famous Jug’s catering which brought back many memories of
days spent at the track with their apple butter biscuits and fried chicken. It
was really cool to have a nice cushy suite to hand out in, complete with closed
circuit TV, live timing and scoring, comfy couches and seats along the main
Courtney Force & Howard
Of course we also spent a lot of
time roaming through the garage area and pit lane, taking in the cars and stars
of the Indy Car series. Howard was thrilled to get to meet Mario Andretti and
we also crossed paths with Drag Racing star Courtney Force. I was able to catch
up with many of my friends who work in Indy Car and pretty much enjoyed the
Will Power captured the pole for
the race in a somewhat lackluster qualifying round, but we still had a great
time at the track. Of course during our down time I tried to show Howard a few
of the places that I love in Indianapolis which included stops at Outliers
Brewery, Flat 12 Brewery and Brugge Brasserie for dinner. It was a pretty fun
visit in addition to the racing stuff.
Michael & Colts Punter Pat Mcafee
It was the race that we were there
for and we had a spectacular race day, starting with a ride around the track at
blazing speed in one of the pace cars. It was strange going the opposite
direction at the Speedway on the road course, but it was a fun and exciting ride.
The car was driven by one of the Mazda Pro Series drivers and he did not back
down, screeching through the turns and hitting speeds upwards of 150 mph on the
The race was good, though it was
pretty much a total domination by Will Power who won going away from the pole
position. There was a multi-car pile-up heading in to the first turn of lap one
that took Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves out of contention and the race ran
completely green after that initial yellow at the start.
Graham Rahal charged up to finish
second over Juan Pablo Montoya in third and Sebastian Bourdais in fourth.
Charlie Kimball came home in fifth place. All in all it was a good day with a
good race, perfect weather and a pretty fantastic weekend. Howard had a great
time and hopefully can return in the future for the big race in Indy, the
Lindy & Michael