TT 13: The Indy 500

Sunday BgK and I attended our first Indy 500 race. We had crazy VIP seats, which just added to the excitement of the day. Here are 13 things I learned about IRL racing/found cool/just had to share about Sunday:

1) Fighter jets flying over during the last notes of the National Anthem are WICKED–widly breathtaking!

2) The lap around the track of red, white and blue trucks filled with troops on active duty gave me shivers. 250,000 people were on their feet, cheering on the soldiers for their lap. It gave me goose bumps and made me proud–regardless of your stance on the war, I believe it’s incredibly important to support the troops.

3) The cars first swerve all over the track to warm up their tires. Who knew? Not me.

4) When the yellow flag goes out, the cars all get in a single file line. It’s very impressive. And slower, so it’s easier to watch.

5) VIP Suites are the way to see the race! Open bar, free lunch, private potties…

6) Although it’s a little dorky, hearing “Back Home Again in Indiana” was kind of sweet.

7) Mrs. Brady can sing!

8) With 500 miles to race, you can easily meet a friend, walk around a bit and get back to your seat and really not miss all that much.

9) Sarah Fisher has her own car these days. Seriously, it’s Sarah Fisher Racing. I think that sends a great message to aspiring female race car drivers.

10) Danica Patrick’s car is hot. Seriously. Have you seen it?

11) Her car was not nearly as hot as she was when she got bumped out of the race. Anger was exuding from the core of her being. She was pissed. Check it.

12) After seeing Cars 500 times, it’s hard not the think of the movie during a real auto race.

13) Traveling without a potty-training food-allergic toddler was liberating for the day–I can’t remember the last time my bag held only four things: cash, id, lip gloss and sunscreen.

So I know we were there with about 249. 998 others…were you one of them??