Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

As Indianapolis 500 qualification weekend approaches I thought it would be appropriate to discuss the first day of qualifications or “Pole Day” as many race fans described it back in the day. This is not a comparison to today’s qualification format, but simply a description of what happened back then from a race fans point of view. The Indianapolis 500 has always been called the largest one day sporting event in the world, and at one time, “Pole Day” was the second largest crowd in the world. With that said,…

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Wonder Bread Name Came From a Trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Balloons have been part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since the track was built. Be it the balloons launched skyward right before the start of the Indianapolis 500, or the hot air balloons that have filled the Indiana skies launched from the Speedway grounds. The age old trivia question about the first race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was a hot air balloon race that has been talked about for years. There have been many stories concerning hot air balloons at the Speedway. One, is about the gondola of…

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The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, A Spectators Viewpoint

INDIANAPOLIS – In 1996, we attended the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach thanks to the Pac-West Racing team and my son-in-law who was in charge of hospitality for the organization. We stayed in the same hotel as the race teams, and we only had to walk a couple of blocks to the temporary race course. The race course itself, has changed somewhat over the years, but it is still the same 1,968-mile challenging street course that it has always been. In 1996 the course was laid out between two large…

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Opinion: The History of the Long Beach Grand Prix

INDIANAPOLIS – This weekend the Verizon IndyCar Series travels west to Long Beach, California for The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It is the second race of a 17 race IndyCar schedule. If the Indianapolis 500 is the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” then the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is where the celebrities mingle with the race teams and create their own spectacle with a party atmosphere. Outside of the Indianapolis 500 it is the one race where celebrities want to be seen by those in attendance. It is also…

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