Well, the good folks over at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway invited me once again to attend the Indy 500 (I couldn’t make it last year), and were kind enough to give me full press credentials so that I can take all the photos I want and bring you guys the inside story behind the worldâ€™s largest single-day spectator sporting event.
I plan on driving from Dallas to Indianapolis so that I can carry all my gear. Of course, I’ll have all my photo and video stuff, but I’ll also take a cooler, portable chairs, and other goodies to enjoy while parking in the infield during the big race.
My goal is to bring back a ton of photos and behind the scenes stories to let you guys all know what it’s really like to be at the Indy 500. Considering I’ll have full access to the pits, the track and just about everything else, I’m going to spend 4 days there to try and really get a good feel for it.
The Indy schedule looks pretty good for Thursday through Sunday (race day) so hopefully I’ll get a little time with some drivers, crews, and to practice some high speed photography and get my settings right for the big day.
I Could Use Some Help!
First of all, have any of you been to the Indy 500, or for that matter any of the other
NASCARIRL (Indy Racing League) races? If so, I could use all the advice you can give! I’ve never been to one of these events, which is crazy considering what a car guy I am.
- I’m scared of competing with 250,000 people for parking on race day! I do have a special parking pass but just the sheer madness of getting in could be frustrating. Any tips?
- How close can you get if you park in the infield?
- What should I bring with me to the event?
- Anything in particular you’d like me to try and do / see / photo / interview while I’m there?
The route I’m taking up from Dallas will be through St. Louis, where I plan to visit some friends and also try and get some good shots of the Arch.
I haven’t decided if I’m coming back the same way or if I’ll head down through Tennessee yet. So if anyone has suggestions on things I should definitely see between Dallas and Indy please share those with me so I can try and figure out if I need to change the route to accomodate.
Looking forward to your advice and feedback!