... the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!
Indy got the month of May off to a fresh start
on Saturday with the inaugural Indianapolis Grand Prix,
an eighty lap race for Indy cars utilizing
the IMS 2.4-mile road course.
While there may initially have been some concern
about how this new addition to the IndyCar schedule
might be accepted by fans, doubters were left
in the dust by the large turnout of people who came
to wander the grounds and to watch the IndyCar
race, as well as several other support races.
A young fan watches as eventual winner, Simon Pagenaud,
leads the field through Turns 7 and 8.
He was joined by thousands of other spectators who,
snacks and sunscreen in tow, brought their
friends and families to the track for a day of sunshine,
blue skies, and the heady aroma of braking tires.
With about ninety minutes to spare before the start
of the day's feature race, I decided to explore
a part of the track I'd not seen before.
I walked north along a golf cart path, towards Turn 4
of the Speedway's oval. The grandstands can be seen
looming in the background. A lot of other folks
took advantage of the groves of trees,
retreating to their shade between races to rest
and cool off, many enjoying a picnic lunch.