2016 In Review: The Year in … Our Best Friends

Published On December 19, 2016 » 2817 Views» By John Schwarb » Blogs, Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, IMS, Indy 500

We’re reviewing the best of 2016 the rest of this month on #SpeedRead. Today, we flip through photos taken this season of some of our favorite longtime IMS friends.

More 2016 In Review: Trophy Hauls


A.J. Foyt: May isn’t May without seeing “Super Tex,” right? Eight months after knee replacement surgery, he was back at IMS for the 100th Running, keeping a sharp eye on his team. He also sent the field of 33 on its way on Race Day, a nice little honor for a legend who has done just about everything else at the Speedway.


Al Unser: There were plenty of goosebumps to go around during pre-race ceremonies at the 100th Running; Big Al driving the Marmon Wasp provided more than a few.


Roger Penske: Indy’s winningest car owner took on an added role in May, driving the Pace Car. His team wasn’t able to get a win later in the day, but you know he’ll be back and hungrier next year.


Florence Henderson: Race Day won’t be the same next year. Thank you, Florence.


David Letterman: With more time off in 2016, the native Hoosier was seen at many stops on the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar. He’s always a fixture at the Speedway in May, and even easier to spot this year with that epic beard.


Tony Stewart: Smoke dreamed about driving at IMS as a kid, and realized that dream in an Indy car and a stock car. In July, he took one final spin around the Brickyard.


Jeff Gordon: Stewart’s last spin around the oval was this year, was it Gordon’s? We’ve learned never to say never. For now, his streak of racing in every Brickyard 400 remains intact.


Donald Davidson: He wouldn’t want to be included here, but sorry, Donald. Every day we get to talk to you is a great day.



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John Schwarb

I joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway communications team in July 2014 and love sharing stories from the World Capital of Racing, particularly its rich history. Most of my professional career has been in racing or golf, so if I'm not in the IMS media center, the office at 16th and Georgetown or milling around Gasoline Alley, maybe I'll be standing over a birdie putt at Brickyard Crossing. Follow us at @IMS or drop me a line at @JohnSchwarb and come back to the blog often for more stories.