Under bright blue skies…

We’re three hours away from some racing under sunny skies at Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

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.

Be sure to check out my ongoing Twitter feed and select photos I’ve been uploading from the pre-race fun!