The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

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 St Louis Arch, otherwise known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

The St Louis Arch, otherwise known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

The Mississippi River in St Louis - I think the water level was a little higher than usual.

The Mississippi River in St Louis - I think the water level was a little higher than usual.

Chain of Rocks Bridge, St Louis.  An original Route 66 icon, mainly famous because it joins the two states Missouri and Illinois and it has a bend in the middle.

Chain of Rocks Bridge, St Louis. An original Route 66 icon, mainly famous because it joins the two states Missouri and Illinois and it has a bend in the middle.

The world's largest "Catsup" (ketchup) bottle, apparently.  Collinsville, Illinois.

The world's largest "Catsup" (ketchup) bottle, apparently. Collinsville, Illinois.

We arrived safely in Indianapolis!  Gee, I wonder what we could be here for...

We arrived safely in Indianapolis! Gee, I wonder what we could be here for...

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…

A small section of the crowd in the SW Vista stadium

A small section of the crowd in the SW Vista stadium

The fly-over at the beginning of the race during the national anthem - a V2 bomber!

The fly-over at the beginning of the race during the national anthem - a V2 bomber!

The Parade lap at the start - Scott Dixon was in the second row on the grid, you can see him in the middle here in the red Target car.

The Parade lap at the start - Scott Dixon was in the second row on the grid, you can see him in the middle here in the red Target car.

And they're racing!

And they're racing!

Turn one during one of the yellow flags.  As you can see we had a pretty good view.  :)

Turn one during one of the yellow flags. As you can see we had a pretty good view. 🙂

Race leaders as at Lap 198 - I bet Scott Dixon wishes the race finished here!

Race leaders as at Lap 198 - I bet Scott Dixon wishes the race finished here!

The fly-over at the end of the race.

The fly-over at the end of the race.

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.  😉

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6 Responses to The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

  1. Lyn says:

    Sounds like everything you see or go to is ABOVE all expectations. Cool

  2. Deborah Somervell says:

    Lucky Lucky Lucky. Stay cool and have fun xxx

  3. Sue Glendening says:

    glad you’re having such an awesome time.

  4. Graeme Hetet says:

    What a great memory you guy’s will always cherish – being there at the Indy 500!!

  5. Glynis says:

    Too little fuel for Dixon think. But what a time you are having and we are enjoying the tales.

  6. Andrew says:

    “The St Louis Arch, otherwise known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.”

    AKA the Gateway Arch. No identifying marks or scars.

    “a V2 bomber!”

    Err…B-2. V-2 was the first ballistic missile in the world, developed by the Nazis to terrorize London from afar.

    Sounds like a helluva time at Indy. I was at the ’94 500, when Al Unser Jr. completely demolished the field (with more than a little help from Mario Illien and Paul Morgan). Like a marathon, it’s normal in CART and Indycar racing for a ‘sprint’ to happen on the last few laps, at least on the ovals– poor Scott Dixon got caught up in that.

    Did you see the Brickyard? It’s now, literally, only a yard of bricks, but still…

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