92nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race: a Photo Retrospective

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May 25, 2008 was a gorgeous day in Speedway, Indiana with sunshine and a large crowd in attendance for the ninety second running of the Indianapolis 500. As we made our way to our traditional first turn seats in stand B, row Z the sights, sounds and electricity of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing fully lived up to their billing.

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Arriving early, our merry band of race fans reached our seats, popped open some adult beverages and posed for a group photo taken by your author before settling in for the pre-race pageantry.

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The crowd of over 200,00 people gathered in their race day throngs as the seats at Indianapolis Motor Speedway quickly filled up for the world’s largest single day sporting event. Being in a crowd that size is a truly unforgettable experience and a significant part of what makes Indy so special.

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As the pre-race festivities came to a conclusion the crews, cars, drivers and principles gathered on the front straight for the traditional command to start the thirty three engines. The front row that day consisted of an all British Commonwealth trio of Target’s Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon along with Penske’s Ryan Briscoe.

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After a picture perfect start Dixon led early from the pole before Wheldon took the lead on the third lap. The first of several cautions came on lap eight as the field slowed and bunched up behind the 2005 Indy 500 winner.

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Seated in stand B between the front straight and turn one we enjoyed excellent views of the pits, including the Target pits. It would prove to be an eventful day in and around those pit boxes located near pit out.

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Wheldon, Kanaan, Helio, Scheckter, Briscoe and Danica battled it out on track in the early stages of the 500 mile race.

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The action in turn one was characteristically entertaining and at the same time breath taking to behold as cars sped by at over two hundred and twenty miles per hour. They produce such overwhelming power that in person and in close proximity to the cars, you can actually feel them as they rumble past.

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Kanaan hung tough until being taken out of the race by an emotional Sarah Fisher, who’d had problems since the start of the race.

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Scott Dixon remained up front, challenged by Marco Andretti and Vitor Meira in the latter stages of the race.

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Briscoe somehow collided with Danica in the pits, eliminating them both from competition – much to the consternation of Danica and her numerous fans in attendance.

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Ed Carpenter’s day glow yellow Menard’s car was a beautiful site, while Marco’s racy “Indiana Jones” car stood out with its unusual orange and black livery.

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A shot of the iconic water tower through the stands in Speedway, Indiana from our turn one seats.

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Dan Wheldon encountered problems with his car and dropped back from the lead. Vitor Meira in the Panther Delphi car threatened the lead for most of the day. It proved to be Wheldon’s team mate’s race though, as Scott Dixon cruised to victory by nearly two seconds over Meira and Marco. He became the first New Zealander to win the 500 mile race.

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Celebrations erupted in the Dixon’s Target pit box after his Indianapolis 500 victory. It was a popular and well deserved win for an outstanding IndyCar driver.

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