What an incredible evening it was last night at one of my favorite places ever, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We were lucky enough to attend the unveiling of the beautiful Borg-Warner trophy, and the addition of the face of the 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner.
FACE? Yes, it sounds weird, but in case you are not familiar with the Indy 500 traditions, every year the driver that wins the grueling Indy 500 race gets his face molded into a tiny sculpture that is then placed on the side of the trophy, along with his name and top MPH speed. Last year, it was all about a crowd favorite; Tony Kanaan, but 2014 saw the return of an American driver to victory lane, Ryan Hunter Reay.
We follow a lot of racing series and attend a lot of Motorsport events, Indycar, Formula 1, MotoGP, domestic, international, you name it and we’ve covered it. And the one thing I always share with everyone is the fact that MOST Indycar drivers are real people, they are friendly, the appreciate their fans and do the most for them. They take the time to sign autographs, they talk to you and they truly appreciate you for spending $50 on a hat. Have you ever met up with a Formula 1 driver during a race weekend? Right, neither have I.
So if you live in Indy, get involved! Follow @IMS and find out all the events they put together for their fans, bring your kids to the IMS Kids Club. I can guarantee you you’ll have a blast, meet some race car drivers and leave with a smile.
It was bitter-sweet to leave the Indianapolis Motor Speedway museum last night. It suddenly hit me that we have a long off-season ahead of us and things will quiet down for a bit. Until then, congratulations to Ryan Hunter Reay, his amazing Wife Beccy and son Ryden, Andretti Autosport and Honda. See you in 2015!