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Reflections on the Centennial Indy 500 and the Month of May...

It has been a terrific Month of May here with Team IndyChat! New friends, new faces, most from very far away places!

Let's see... We have friends from Kansas, Ohio, Belgium, the Netherlands... Hmmm ~ others, too ~ actually more than I can remember! ;-)

The Team has a new TIC #1 car, with the original being retired to the museum... We have a new hauler ~ tractor and rig... Many thanks to Roye7777777 and UJoint! ~ I'll get those posted soon, promise!

We watched the Sao Paulo, Brazil race during the first weekend in May, then proceeded to Speedway, Indiana for the rest of the month... Except for the time at the Monaco Grand Prix, yesterday, of course, and at Lime Rock today! Lonnie at Baja, of course... I just know I am forgetting something...

Some of us were lucky enough to have the pleasure and pain(!) of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Inaugural Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday... 

Congrats to Ashley_O and Dan_O, on great positioning... Ashley_O, whatta girl to be on the Pole at Indy for your split! Lucky Dan_O and Son_O, to be there live at Indy! Wonderful pix! We're looking forward to reading the iRacing write-up about you and Ash_O, Dan_O! ;-)

Same for KSURollie and Jim B... You and the crew from Kansas... Jim B., we love the pictures! Thank you guys so much for the very special phone call from Indy... I know you enjoyed a corn dog for me and kissed the bricks. That was in honor of my birthday, right? ;-)

Yesterday was the best day of the year for some of us, of course(!), with the culmination being the Centennial running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing! Congrats to all the drivers and teams. Dan Wheldon is sitting on a throne of bricks...

We had some tears of sadness, (RIP, Spooky)... And some certainly had tears of joy ~ uh... that would be me! This Month of May has been a very special one, because of the company we have kept...

Roye7777777, Belg Indy, it was great to welcome you into our home on Saturday! So glad you finally met the Hawaiian KRAKEN! Yep, our feathered Team Mascot can take the Firestone Firehawk, sure!

MetalPatten, you ROCK! BroDon, we appreciate the A-MA-ZING pix and posts! Unforgettable birthday gifts... The Dutch birthday song, you guys ~ Bwahahaha! Thank you! Lonnie, mahalo to you for finding me the perfect race day outfit! Lots of smiles...

The rest of you that participated with the LiveStream broadcasts earlier this month, well, it was great to be there for you and with you!

Thank you for visiting with us! Mahalo for the smiles, the laughter, the feasting ~ what great food and drink! Hmmm. Not enough drink for some... Boy, am I THIRSTY!

Thank you, friends... Mahalo...

Oh ~ Applications are being accepted for open positions for the IZOD IndyCar 2011 season. See the Team Roster link on this website for those. Send an email to Cyp or catch me online and let us know which position you're interested in...

We are looking forward to a terrific IZOD IndyCar 2011 season... Well, actually, we look forward to being with you to enjoy ANY and ALL racing series this season!


The 100th Anniversary of the Indy 500!

The 100th Anniversary of the 500 Mile Race
Sunday, May 29th, 2011
GATES 6:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.



From all the pre-race pageantry including the singing of “Back Home Again in Indiana”…The playing of “Taps”…the balloon release and all the remarkable sights and sounds of the “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, there is nothing anywhere in the world quite like the Indianapolis 500.

Events Schedule

6:00 AM Military Bomb signifies opening of the track
8:00 AM Spectacle of Bands begin Track
9:15 AM Hot Wheels Truck Warm-Up Begins Turns 3 & 4
9:25 AM Parade Lap with 500 Festival Cars carrying Princesses Track
9:30 AM Race Cars begin entering Pit Lane Pit Lane
9:50 AM Pace Laps featuring 1911 cars Track
10:00 AM Winning Driver laps in Pace Cars Track
10:15 AM Purdue University Band performs "On the Banks of the Wabash" Track
10:40 AM All cars are set in place on grid Track
10:40 AM IZOD Presents Hot Wheels Fearless at the 500 World Record Jump Attempt Turn 4
11:00 AM Live coverage begins on ABC Tune-In
11:00 AM Decade cars driver by past Indy 500 winners begin Parade Lap Track
11:10 AM Military personnel parade lap Track
11:30 AM Driver Introductions PA
11:40 AM Troops march onto the Yard of Bricks Track
11:45 AM "America the Beautiful" Track
Florence Henderson sings "God Bless America" Track
National Anthem performed by David Foster, Seal & Kelly Clarkson Track
Military Flyer
Invocation by Bishop Christopher Coyne Victory Podium
Rifle Volley & Taps Track
"Back Home Again in Indiana" performed by Jim Nabors Track
Parade Lap Track
Pace Lap Track
Green Flag by Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Bruce P. Crandall Track

Exciting events scheduled prior to the dropping of the green flag include:
IZOD Presents Hot Wheels Fearless at the 500 World Record Jump Attempt. During the IZOD Presents Hot Wheels Fearless at the 500, a masked mystery driver from Team Hot Wheels will speed down a 90-foot ramp, suspended on an enormous 10-story high door (100 feet tall) and soar across the IMS infield inside Turn 4. MORE
The starter’s flag to be delivered to IMS by an Indiana University Health Helicopter
Past Indianapolis 500 winning cars driven by former winners of the race will parade the track.
Cars from the first Indy 500 driven by former winners will tour the Brickyard.
The 1909 Blitzen-Benz, which set a track mile record at IMS in 1910 and 1911, will take a parade lap
During the day fans will also have the opportunity to create their own energy at the Energy Playgroundlocated in the infield by Turn 3 near the Snake Pit. By either peddling stationary bikes or operating a teeter-totter, fans can create the electricity needed to charge their cell phones, I-Pads or cameras, and make snow cones!

Team IndyChat has a New Hauler... Compliments of Master Transporter, UJoint

Tractor: Western Star 4900EX long nose, 600 hp CAT, 290 in wheel base w/Indiana Custom Sleeper-Executive Suite. Trailer: Feather Lite. 53 foot long Race Boss custom trailer w/ hydraulic lift. Paint Emron/Duron. Trailer complete with Snap-On Full Mechanic Set. Telecomunication Set by Sprint, Qualcom, Garmin, Motorola. Need a sponsor. Suggest: Microsoft, IBM, Google.

Saturday, May 28: A.J. Foyt Day

A.J. Foyt Day
Dramatic, exciting changes are in store for fans at IMS the final day before the world's greatest auto race. Long known as a quiet afternoon at the track after the Drivers' Meeting in the morning, this day bursts with activity this May with the declaration of "A.J. Foyt Day" and as headlined by the "World's Largest Autograph Session."
Saturday, May 28th, 2011
The legendary first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, A.J. Foyt, will be honored Saturday, May 28 during "A.J. Foyt Day" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Read announcement here). This year marks the 50th anniversary of Foyt's first Indianapolis victory, in 1961.
Join us for special activities on May 28th in celebration of A.J. Foyt's accomplishments and contributions to the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race including:
Location (see map here)
9:00 a.m.Autograph Session Wristband Distribution*Pagoda Plaza
11:30 - 11:45 a.m.Q & A with A.J. Foyt on Coca-Cola StagePagoda Plaza
11:55 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.Exclusive Autograph Session with A.J. FoytPlaza
  *Number of wristbands available for exclusive autograph session limited to 100

Location (Map)
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.Indianapolis 500 Memorabilia ShowInfield Area
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Autograph Session: 2011 Indy 500 Field of 33 Drivers (Current Field)Pagoda Plaza
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Autograph Session: Living Indy 500 Veterans (Retired Former Winners)Pagoda Plaza
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Red Bull Battle at the BricksFlag Lot
10:40 - 11:00 a.m.Public Driver's MeetingTower Terrace
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.Autograph Session: Veteran Indy 500 Legends (Indy 500 Former Starters)Plaza
12:00 p.m.Virtual Indy 500MotoGP Garages
1:00 - 1:30 p.m.Firestone Indy Lights Driver Q & A - Bryan ClausonCoca-Cola Stage
1:45 p.m.Bryan Clauson Autograph SessionInfield Area
 All DayBook Signings featuring Indianapolis Motor Speedway authorsTBD
 67 Indy 500 Winning Cars DisplayHall of Fame Museum
 Vintage, Sprint, and Midget Cars DisplayInfield Area
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has invited all 269 living veteran drivers of the Indianapolis 500 to appear at the “World’s Largest Autograph Session” to be held in two segments on May 28. The event will begin in the Plaza at 9:00 a.m. with the traditional autograph session featuring the 33 drivers that will compete at the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 on the 29th Indy 500 champions of the past will sign autographs in the Plaza Hospitality beginning at 9:00 a.m., with both events concluding at 10:00 a.m. The traditional Drivers’ Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Tower Terrace.
The “World’s Largest Autograph Session” will continue from noon to 4:00 p.m. showcasing the other veteran Indy 500 legends of the Brickyard on hand for this unique and unforgettable event offering fans unprecedented access to their heroes.
A full-scale Indy 500 memorabilia show will take place in the track’s infield. This show is already so popular that vendor space sold out within 48 hours. The infield area will also feature a display of vintage sprint and midget cars of the past driven by the greatest names of Indy lore: Foyt, Andretti, Unser, Rutherford and more.
The Red Bull Battle at the Bricks will showcase top riders from around the world competing on a concrete playground. The Flatland BMX competition is similar to breakdancing on a pedal bike. The best performers will take top honors in the BMX Flatland world! The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Flag Lot.
A “Virtual Indy 500” will feature fans across the world racing in a full-length Indianapolis 500 on the PC simulation Selected fans also will compete against Indianapolis 500 drivers in an sprint race appearing on the Jumbotrons at IMS, with prizes including Race Day packages to the 2011 Indianapolis 500 and moreMORE.
Throughout the day, fans can also look for book signing opportunities featuring authors of new books about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its history.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum will be open with its incredible exhibition of 67 Indianapolis 500-winning cars.
The driver perhaps most synonymous with the Indianapolis 500, A.J. Foyt made a record 35 consecutive starts between 1958 and 1992 and was the race's first four-time winner, taking the checkered flag in the 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977 races.
Foyt also earned four Indy poles between 1965 and 1975, led a record 13 races for a total of 555 laps, and is the only driver to have won the "500" in front- and rear-engine cars.
The Texan is also the career leader in laps completted and races led. Foyt retired as a driver in an emotional moment at IMS on Pole Day in 1993, but he remains a team owner, winning the race in that capacity with driver Kenny Brack in 1999.
Hear what IMS Historian Donald Davidson had to say on Foyt by visiting the driver's profile See photos of Foyt in action by clicking here.

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Miller Light Carb Day!

Miller Lite Carb Day @ IMS
9AM -Practice
11AM -IndyCar Final Practice
12:30PM -Firestone Freedom 100
1:30PM -IZOD Pit Stop Chall.
3:30PM -Staind w/ Papa Roach

It's Pole Day at Indy!

IZOD IndyCar Practice

Sat, May 21st
8:00AM EDT

IZOD IndyCar Qualifying - Segment 1

Sat, May 21st
11:00AM EDT

IZOD IndyCar Qualifying - Segments 2 & 3

Sat, May 21st
4:30PM EDT

Indy 500 Post Practice Press Conference

Sat, May 21st
6:05PM EDT


Saturday, May 21 11:00 AM Versus
Saturday, May 21 4:00 PM Versus
Saturday, May 22 12:00 PM Versus
Friday, May 27 12:00 PM Versus
Sunday, May 29 11:00 AM ABC

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