My First 500 – Ed Carpenter

Published On April 1, 2016 » 2029 Views» By Samantha Gray » Blogs

We’re chronicling 100 days of Indy 500 history on #SpeedRead leading up to the historic 100th Running. With 58 days to go, we look back with Ed Carpenter to reminisce on his childhood at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

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2005 was Ed Carpenter’s second competing in the Indy 500. He finished 11th.

2005 was Ed Carpenter’s second competing in the Indy 500. He finished 11th.

Ed at the 2005 Indy500.

Ed at the 2005 Indy500.

I have been to every Indianapolis 500 since 1989, making this my 28th race in attendance, however my rookie year was 2004 so this will be my 13th competing.

The first Indy 500 that I can remember is 1989 when I was 8 years old. I remember watching Rick Mears earn the pole position. I was completely amazed by the speed and sound, sitting in the suites in Turn 2. We were watching and trying to pay attention to the on-track action, but us cousins were being kids and playing.

One memory that stands out above all others took place sometime in the early ’90s. My first lap around the iconic oval was during the winter time with my brother and dad on snowmobiles — that’s right, snowmobiles on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! The next time I had the opportunity to run at IMS was 10 years later in 2002 when I competed in the Indy Lights series.


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