St Louis seemed like an interesting city, we would have loved to spend a bit more time there, but we just had time for a couple of quick stops Saturday morning, before leaving Missouri and Route 66 and heading to Indiana on Saturday afternoon.
The Indianapolis 500!
Apparently the biggest motorsport event anywhere in the world, and I’d believe it. The grandstands hold 350,000 ish people, and I don’t think there was a spare seat today! The race was really amazing. I thought it would be a bit boring, just cars going around in a circle, but it was incredibly exciting. After the first 6 laps I wasn’t sure if I could last the whole 200 laps! I think it helped having a fellow countryman, Scott Dixon, racing in the number 9 car. Scott raced really well. He lead the race up until half way, then he was very strong in the second half as well, and was in second place at lap 199, but somehow lost 4 places in the second half of the last lap. Gutting! We’re still not sure what actually happened…
But anyway, we all had a fantastic day. We had a good view of corners one and two, and a TV screen opposite us for all the rest. The track is MASSIVE, it would probably take over an hour to walk around the outside. The atmosphere was really awesome – so many mental people, but everyone was really friendly and considerate and had a great time.
Overall, an incredible day!! By far the most exciting motorsport event I’ve ever been to, even if they did drive around in circles. 😉