Boys and I drove down Friday morning for our annual Mother’s Day weekend trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We arrived in town a bit earlier than planned and since the weather was cool we decided to check into our hotel before heading to the track. We’ve sat outside at the Speedway in the cold, it isn’t much fun. So after we were settled and bundled up we headed over.
As we entered we took our traditional picture and then got a tweet from Mike Silver asking if we had arrived. We meet him near the garage area. After catching up with Mike the boys wanted to try the simulators. They did good but I had a big crash and a poor time. It made me a bit dizzy so we grabbed some fries. While there we ran into Mike Knapp and Mike Joachim. Then Lisa Rayhons texted she was heading to the plaza to meet us. We met up with her and her friend, Joan and convinced them to try the simulators. We also stopped in the Mario Andretti store. Prices seemed high and we didn’t purchase anything. As we exited we saw George and Susan Phillips. So in less than an hour we ran into several friends at a huge race track. That just makes me smile. Definitely one of the reasons I love IndyCar. Now that we visited with everyone it was time to find some seats and watch qualifying.
The boys love sitting up in the penthouse seats so they headed there. They were actually in a section that wasn’t open but we found them and headed closer to turn 1 of the oval for viewing qualifying. Very interesting because the mix in the fast six was definitely not who you would expect. Felix Rosenqvist won the pole. Scott Dixon is second. Jack Havey did amazing and will be starting third followed by rookie sensation Colton Herta. Ed Jones and Will Power round out the top six. Surprised to see Power at the bottom of that group. He has been so dominant herein every previous race.
My pick for race winner. I chose Colton Herta but with the rain predicted I’m second guessing that choice. Honestly, I have no clue what will happen if we have a rain race. Well one thing I do know, we will be cold and wet. Such a shame for viewing because this morning it’s beautiful and the sun is shining. However, as far as the racing goes, I’m excited for the rain. Good thing our hotel has a hot tub. Check back later and see how we faired and our thoughts on who won the race.