We’re live at IMS for the 16th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard! The weather is perfect and getting warmer.
While the race starts at 2 p.m. (2:23 if you’re setting your watch by it), my day started with an alarm at 5 a.m. and a trip to the track shortly after 7. If there was any question whether getting to IMS seven hours early was a wide decision, it was quickly wiped away. There is so much going on behind the scenes, I can’t believe we’re already pushing lunchtime. And, as I learned at the 500 in May, once lunch hits, the pomp and circumstance flies through right afterwards.
Already, I’ve done a near-complete turn around in my thoughts of the behind-the-scenes scene. Racing teams at the 500 were (mostly) open and friendly and welcoming guests. The NASCAR teams around the garage seemed to be all-business. Can’t say that I blame them, they’re working, but it was just different. But after I realized there was a show behind the show around the team haulers, things changed. Drivers and crew and PR folks were just hanging out, chatting with media and fans and it was a lot more like the scene I remembered from my first trip “behind the fence” at IMS.