INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The storms held off just enough to let race fans enjoy Community day on Wednesday.
A popular attraction was the oval track, where people could cruise in their personal cars. However, nobody was breaking 200mph.
“They only let you go 30, which is a shame,” joked Bob Voss of St. John.
But soaking in the one of a kind view while behind the wheel is an experience worth slowing down for.
“When you think about how compact it is out there to go 200mph, it’s pretty awesome,” he said.
And when people think about speed at the track, the dreaded lines at entrance usually don’t come to mind.
“Last year we saw some challenges. And the main challenge we saw is the ticket stubbing was taking a little too long.”
Which is why the next time you pass through these gates, it should be about 25 seconds quicker thanks to a change in how they check tickets.
“So you say ok, 25 seconds isn’t that long. But 25 seconds added up over 100,000 times becomes about 2000 man hours of security personnel time.”
That will get you inside faster for a chance to see the professionals at work.
Unfortunately that wasn’t exactly the case for today’s crowd. Media teams, including 24-Hour News 8, participated in the “Pit Challenge.”
The goal was to see which team could change two tires on an IndyCar the fastest, a process that normally takes 4-5 seconds.
“I think you did a great job, good team work,” one onlooker said.
Too bad we lost.
“You lost well,” another one said kindly.
Crossing the finish line first wasn’t the point of Community Day.
Instead, it was a chance for race fans of all ages to see sights not just from the seats, but close enough you could even touch them.
“The lap on the track is a lot of fun, the displays here are great. Contact with the drivers and the environment is very neat,” said Voss.