Thoughts from My First Time Back Home in Indiana – PTD EXCLUSIVE

By MIKE MALLETT

The Indianapolis 500 has always been one of those races that I never thought I’d ever have the opportunity to attend. The tickets aren’t easy to get, well good ones, and Memorial Day Weekend is by far one of the biggest in racing with special events planned at nearly every track in the country.

When good friend and fellow DTD’ers Neal Wilt and Dave Pratt presented me with the idea of attending Indy I wasn’t sure. I hate to be away from home as my jobs at Utica-Rome Speedway and with the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints usually takes precedent on Memorial Day Weekend. I struggle being way from home for a weekend that is so important to the local racing scene, plus I love my job with both.

After some arm twisting, thinking and encouragement the decision was made to head to the greatest spectacle in racing. How could I pass up what could be my only opportunity to go to Indianapolis with seasoned veterans like my friends are? Now, looking back at my few days in Indiana, I’m thankful I finally made it. It just doesn’t get much better than being in Indiana for the Indianapolis 500.

Saturday – Indianapolis Motor Speedway


Before the 500 we hit up the speedway on Saturday afternoon to take in the sights and sounds of the infield midway. There was a vintage car display with cars on and off the track all afternoon long. Then it was off to the garage area to take in the few open stalls as teams prepared for Sunday’s 500. My final few stops included a few souvenirs and of course a diecast purchase. I couldn’t pass up a car that would complete my collection of 1/12th scale vintage Sprint Cars. Yes I still have a problem with my addiction to diecast collectibles. For those not into the diecast, they had everything at the memorabilia show. If you were looking for a pair of Helio Castroneves old socks, I’m pretty sure I saw an autographed pair.

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