Over the past three weeks, we’ve been thrashing on the new indianapolismotorspeedway.com, and part of that time has included a fair amount of Photo Vault viewing.
Over 100 years of photos and hundreds of photographers have documented race cars, fans and all types of random events at IMS. For me, it wasn’t a challenge to find great photos, but it was tough to choose just one.
Almost as much as racin’ … people from all over the globe have gathered together to participate in largest single-day sporting event in the world! With an audience as large as the 5-Hundo you can imagine the number of ways someone could describe what Indy is all about. Search through the “Fan Memories Section” and enjoy the memories. Consider a family who has passed their Indy 500 tickets down over four generations, or a person like Jigger Sirois, who in 1969 nearly captured the pole position yet never made the race. Today he still sits in the same seats he and his father selected when he was 14 years old. How about the familes that traveled internationally to see the first U.S. Grand Prix or watch Dale Jarrett kiss the bricks for the first time?
All of these rich experiences are unique to IMS. Just as unique as the bomb that goes off at 6am to open the gates or the Gordon Pipers marching through crowds. Even Jimmie Johnson laying a patch of rubber down the front stretch, only like a Cup car could.
It’s been a treat going through the photo archives. If nothing else, I hope that you all enjoy the photos that our team has selected to evoke emotion about IMS on every single page of the new site.