#TBT – The Indy 500 Snake Pit Legend

Published On April 16, 2015 » 3865 Views» By Samantha Gray » #TBT, Blogs, IMS, IMS History, Indy 500, Snake Pit

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The Snake Pit sure has changed over the years, however as the times change, the good times never seem to cease. Your parents may remember the snake pit from the photo below; booze, fans, chaos and lots of memories (or lack thereof). The Snake Pit has been a long standing race day event for the outrageous race fans ready for a good time!

Back in the day, you never knew which direction the party would go!

Back in the day, you never knew which direction the party would go!

We still have the booze. We still have the fans. We still have the chaos. And now we have concerts! Last year the IMS hosted Hardwell, Nervo and Dillon Francis and this year is going to be even BIGGER! With Kaskade, Steve Aoki and A-Trak headlining, you are sure to be impressed. You can find this year’s Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Miller Lite schedule here.

Our fans love the snake pit and they love America!

Our fans love the snake pit and they love America!

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rpriest500
rpriest500

Spent 30+ years on the fence in turn one. Don't care for the name "snake pit". As in any large group of people, you will see various types. It became notorious for mud diving, strippers, drunks... Our group affectionately know as "Rick's Row", partied hard, BUT knew every car, driver crew chief, motor, chassis, record...... Watched every lap from atop our coolers or the crow's nest. IMS (Tony George) gave turns 2 & 4 to F1. That didn't pan out. TG wished to be the Bernie Ecclestone of American open wheel racing. Hence, the IRL was forced down our throats. Dumb move when NASCAR is comin' on strong for the ever expanding TV market. 


After F1's pull out, IMS did not reopen the infield of turns 2 & 4. That's HUGE to a LOT of long time fans. Look at the old pictures. In those two corners there's 40,000+ people. Now they are empty lots. Then wonder why attendance is down? 


Along comes the motorcycle knee draggers. What's IMS do? GIVE THEM THE TURN 1 INFIELD ! ! !  Don't revise turn 1 or 4. Take another 20,000 fans favorite spot. They want people to go to the stands so they look more full on TV. Another item on the long list of fan unfriendly things done during the Tony George era. 


Now, the marketing geniuses attempt to revive the name Snake Pit. A culture that was exterminated. TG referred to us as Rift-raft. Trash. Unwanted. Unnecessary. Racing and partying have existed hand-in-hand since its inception. Before Tony George took over, there was an overabundance of fans. So they thought. A large percentage of that overabundance got caught up in that extermination. Genocide, so to say. TG/IRL went after corporations at the expense of dedicated fans. Suites, F1 Garages, Removed stands behind pit lane (the only track with good seats behind the pits), New Tower, Mounds of dirt 3/4 of the way around the track on the inside preventing viewing from your vehicle, forcing the tens of thousands of fans that prefer infield viewing rather than cramped seats.............


BridgetAke
BridgetAke

My kids father always boasted about his family history with Indy 500. The yellow Marmout car at the museum, and his other great moments at IMS because of their "Crouch" family history. My son never has received the great IMS welcome as his father/sibling.