I think the most magical time to be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is during sunrise. It’s a time for reflection. A time for peace. The light allows you to view this stadium in a totally different way. This experience transcends racing and reveals a place of historical importance with victorious and heartbreaking stories to tell. It’s what I value most in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. You never know what you’ll see.
This morning was definitely planned. But it’s hard to plan for something like this. Around 7 A.M.this morning, IMS and IndyCar staff rolled out 33 winning Indianapolis 500 race cars.
Glancing north on the front straight were 33 of these winning pieces of machinery including the 1911 Marmon Wasp driven by Ray Harroun, the 2010 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda driven by Dario Franchitti with an iconic mixture in between including the 1965 Lotus, 1939/40 Boyle Maserati, the 1963 Willard Battery Special, the 1953/54 Fuel Injection Special, the 1980 Pennzoil Chaparral and more.
This is all part of the planning leading up to the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 next May. The countdown has begun and then another 100 years of history will begin. I can’t imagine what the field will look like in the future.
If you are attending next year’s Indianapolis 500, you might consider arriving early. Nothing beats the sound of the cannon, a cup of hot coffee, Clabber Girl biscuits and gravy….and the chance to catch a glimpse of something you’ll never forget.
Enjoy some of the images from today on our Flickr account.
Full list of drivers below.
|1||1911 (yellow) Harroun||2010 (red) Franchitti||1961 (white) Foyt|
|2||1979 (white/blue/red) Mears||1939/40 (maroon) Shaw||1970 (blue) Unser|
|3||1963 (white/blue/red) Jones||1990 (red) Luyendyk||1947/48 (blue) Rose|
|4||1980 (yellow) Rutherford||1953 (gray) Vukovich||1968 (red/black/yellow) Unser|
|5||1964 (white/blue/red) Foyt||1965 (green/yellow)Clark||1922 (cream) Murphy|
|6||1969 (orange) Andretti||1957/58 (yellow) Hanks/Bryan||1983 (white/red/blue) Sneva|
|7||1912 (blue)Dawson||1982 (blue/red)Johncock||1952 (cream) Ruttman|
|8||1972 (blue) Donohue||1962 (red/white/blue) Ward||2000 (red) Montoya|
|9||1928 (gold/black) Meyer||1995 (blue/white) Villeneuve||1950 (yellow) Parson|
|10||1977 (orange) Foyt||1951 (blue) Wallard||1992 (blue/white/red) Unser|
|11||1946 (blue) Robson||1978 (red/white/blue) Unser||1932 (white) Frame|