Growing up in northern Indiana, I can remember listening to the Indianapolis 500 race on the radio back in the 1960s. That’s when the top drivers were A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Al and Bobby Unser – and rear-engine race cars were taking over the track. It was a Memorial Day tradition for us to listen to the race right after church on Sunday.
Later we would watch the race on television instead of listening to the radio, but in all the years that we lived in the Michiana area, we never traveled to Indianapolis to see the race or even watch the time trials. It was not until this year, 2012, that we finally made the trip to Indianapolis Motor Speedway via Tim’s Tours.
Tim Lewis is the proud owner of Tim’s Tours and he has attended the Indy 500 for many years. He gets a great block of tickets high in the stands between turn four and the home stretch and takes a bus load of fans from Michiana to the race each year. We left Mishawaka promptly at 6:00am and headed south, making one stop in Kokomo, Then Tim patiently inched our bus through the Indy race day traffic and into the Speedway parking lot. Tim generously shared his extensive knowledge of the event with us as we traveled along and provided many helpful tips for enjoying the race experience.
The short video clip above (taken with a Motorola Admiral smartphone) shows our excellent view of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and captures some of the sites and sounds, which we enjoyed thoroughly! There is nothing like being there in person to see the fast cars, talented drivers, and great fans of Indy car racing.