From: Magnus G. from Scotland
Date: Oct 15, 2001
Thanks for the info. Your info site was very helpful in planning parking and travel for this year's F1-GP. Plenty US fans there and a great race in a great venue. This may be one of the best races of the calendar with flat infield and low downforce straight/final bend.
Magnus (frae bonnie Scotland)
From: Mike R. from Memphis Tennessee
I enjoyed your page this past few months. I like reading about your jaunts to the track and all the stuff that goes with it. Really like the pictures. I even took your recommendation and took some Fosters to the 500 this year.
Also liked the stuff about the driving school. It doesn't sound so easy hearing you describe it.
My older daughter has been to Indy many times for ice skating competitions so it is kind of our second home. Our goal is to buy a home on Meridian next to the guy that owns the Colts - just kidding.
I am fixing to go into race depression for the winter but will keep reading your page. Keep up the good work!
From: Tommy B from Alabama
Great link to all about Indy. Beats some of the official sites. Found out earlier this week that you are a friend of a guy that has just went to work in Madison Alabama at CTA Inc. where I am employed. Jay M. Hope to see you guys Sunday at the race. I think my ticket is in the Paddock, directly in front of the pits. Keep up the good work
From: Mark A.
Thanks for such a great web site! Very helpful!!!
From: Bill S
Just came across your GREAT site this morning. Yours is the by far the best. I'm flying in for the weekend on Friday. The info on your site has already made a difference in my visit. I'm buying a pair of tickets from a local person who is meeting me at the Airport. One thing that I have been unable to find is a seating chart that shows exactly where each seat is located. Tough to make a buying decision when you can't compare exact location. If you know of a web page with more detail on seats please pass it along. That would be great.
Dan - I have my own personal one that I made, however there is not one available out there. Since the Speedway chooses not to release the information to the public, I haven't either. However, when people write and ask me, I'll write them back and tell them where their seats are.
Thanks for all the great info - the "official" speedway site is worthless. Your's helped with my plans to attend F1 and meet friends at the track.
You are doing a great job with your web site. Keep it up!
From: Larry H
I hope "Their Last Lap at Indy" helps. You have a very good website. I haven't read it all yet, but I will visit it often. I really enjoyed the Andy Hillenburg articles. I raced with him in the USAC dirt champ cars.
Thanks for a very informative site. We are going to be at the USGP this year. We went last year and had a few parking problems. Now we know where to go. Your site is much better than usgpindy.com.
From: Ernie T
Thanks for all the great information you put out there on your Formula One vs. Indy Car site. I've always wondered about the differences between the two and now I have a much better understanding of this.
From: Jim J from Canada
Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks, first for having such a great helpful website (with titties). The second is for the info you replyed back to me in regards to getting tickets for the upcoming F1 race. We were persistent and successful in getting tickets in the SW vista (oh well), but more important the motorhome we will be partying in in the LOT3 or C, whatever. Can`t wait, we will be arriving on the Thursday around 3pm to avoid traffic. Again, thanks for the info, see you there. Your Canuck Connection fans
This was my 4th year at the Brickyard 400. I wish I would have found your site the first year. Each year I learn a few new tricks about being in the right place at the right time and what to see etc. But your site gave me several new tips. Thanks, and I'll be visiting regularly till next August.
Man, I really like your web site. It's great.
Your website is great! I used it last year as a first time attendant of the Brickyard 400. Now that I have standing tickets, I am using it again this year to refresh my memory. You've made a lot of great improvements since last year. Thanks a lot for your time and effort!
I just wanted to say "Thanks" for the information. Your website on the Indy Speedway and Indianapolis is excellent. My husband and I are going to the Brickyard this weekend and the practical information and maps you have included in your site is extremely helpful.
Hi Dan, just wanted to take a minute and thank you for your site. The information made my first visit to the Speedway (2000 USGP) very enjoyable.
I can't tell you how helpful your site was when we attended the Indy 500 this year.
thanks again for the info. I am sure it will come in handy for us, and we fully intend on having a blast..I like the section on your site about partying and avoiding jail..*laffs* Hope it works.
Thank you so much, this photo will help me alot with my report. I can't believe you could find a picture from that far back. It's nice of you to take the time and look for somethimg someone needs. Well thanx again.
I just wanted to send you a quick note to tell you I think your web site is GREAT! You've done a wonderful job of informing the novice ticket buyer/seller on the how-to's of dealing with strangers. I sincerely appreciate all the effort you've put into this site and I'm sure other race fans agree. I will definitely keep this site among my favorites and will continue to use it in years to come (or as long as you keep it).
I love looking at your site because you tell it like it is.
From: GC from Philadelphia PA
I emailed you a while back and you were kind enough to answer. I just finished reading many of the pages on your site. Wow, you really put a lot of time into it. I know how much time it takes because my son has a site that he is constantly working on and gets hundreds of emails---www.jersey-joe.com. My family is coming to the USGP in September.
From: PNT in Saskatchewan Canada
Great site, its help me out a lot. I am coming down in Aug. for the Brickyard Race.
Just wanted to thank you for all the info you put together on this site, it made for a great trip to Indy (our first time) and I'm sure we'd have been really lost without your valuable insight. Great Job Man! Appreciate it!
From: KM from New Jersey
Made my first 500 this year and your website was a valuable tool for the first time visitor. Indy was my 63rd race track in my 17th state but I am HOOKED!
From: JBC in Atlanta
I just recently returned from my first trip to the Indy 500. Thanks to your page, my trip was seamless, and I procured great seats near turn 4, and endured little pre-race traffic.
I never found the North 40 parking lot, but I got an Ok parking spot at a school for $10.00. Anyway, thank you for this page. It was very helpful to me, and greatly enhanced my experience.
From: MA in Long Grove, Iowa
thanks for your website. You had the answers to all my questions. My brother in law and I went to the Indy 500 for the first time this year and thanks to your directions we got in quick and out as well as can be expected. All we can say about the Indy 500 is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
From: RL in Southport
Thanks Dan, your Indy 500 website was extremely useful and had lots of great facts. It was awsome. I am new in town and tomorrow will be my first Indy 500 and I can't wait!!!!
I have used your site the last three years to get ready for the day! Great Job
Your website rocks!! This is a great site for Indy car info. Thanks for setting it up.
Enjoyed your site! Thanks for posting the frequencies!
Your site has helped me out alot and I found alot of info on it. Thanks!!!
Thanks for setting up this site. The George's "official" web site doesn't have any of this fan-friendly material for not-so-newcomers like myself (2001'll be my 3rd), like what to bring, whatever.
Just wanted to say thanks for putting all the time and effort into your web site.
The information is great and much appreciated!
What a great website you put together. This is very informative. Can't wait to get the the race next week. Thanks for all your information!!
From: D in Buffalo NY
Hey Dan, great site, very informative. This is my first Indy this year, I'm a Indy 500 virgin :-) and I was reading the what to take and not to take section on your site. thanks a ton.
Hi Dan !!I really love your site!! well done dude! I'm an avid racefan who was trying to find out was going on at INDY today and ran across the site today. I was really suprised when I was getting live video action while I was at work! Very cool site ,keep up the great work buddy!!
From: KM in KY
Love your site.Very informative.I myself have tickets to all three Indy events and it is my favorite destination in the world.Just wanted to say how much I agree with your comments on the"Is Cart Welcome?" board.However with the news that Ganassi will indeed enter his two rookies tomorrow I guess the loyalty issue is moot.Are you heading to Nashville this year?I saw that you attended the Kentucky race.I live about an hour from that track.Look forward to visiting your site often.Keep up the good work.
Hey, I'd just like to say thanks for creating your site because it has helped me to understand the difference between the IRL and CART and Formula One.
From: MR in Memphis
I have really enjoyed your Indy Motor Speedway Homepage this last few weeks. Your personal perspective on the fans, seating, what to bring, best views is great. I can tell this gives you great pleasure and we appreciate your hard work.
This will be our 5th trip (last was early 90's) and we are bringing our 16 and 12 year old daughters for the first time. I hope they enjoy all the festivities and the race.
Thank you for all your help, your web sight is very informative and helpful.
From: VS in Argentina
Your web site is the best for world indy fans. I write fron Corrientes Argentina. wait can go any day lok the "Big race". Sorry for my very bad english, I speak only spanish.
From: PC in Napa California
I live in Napa, California and am coming to this year's 500 for the first time. I'll be bringing my 10 year old son too (his best friend and dad are joining us). Needless to say, I'm more pumped than he is!
I'm writing to thank you for the work you put into your website. I just finished reading your journal report from yesterday and realized how much I enjoy vicariously experiencing being there through you. So...I thank you.
My son doesn't yet know he'll probably see his first breasts (other than mom's of course) at the race. I think I'll let him be surprised. It'll be more fun that way. I'll just have to get the camera ready to catch his expression. HAH!
Out here, in the morning I check the streaming audio during practice (my office has a great on line connection), and then I read your journal. Keep it coming. Guys and gals like me (wannabetherebutcan't) eat it up.
You might also like to know that I bought my tickets from a guy who posted them on your website. I read all of your seating suggestions and then checked the Indy website video/3-D track photos. Very cool way to see what the seating is like. Please keep the pictures (especially the babes and the cars) and journal coming! I'll be there with/through you.
From: LF Speedway Indiana
Wow you have provided a tremendous service for the Indy naive. I went to Avon HS and later moved to Speedway. I must say you seem to have covered everything. Great job, nice layout. Have fun at the race!
From: MP in Minneapolis
What a lot of work! You must have spent many hours to help out people you never have meet and probably never will. To let you know how helpful you are. I will be driving down in a 40 foot motor home with my 2 sons and a friend will be taking his motor home with his sons This coming Friday May 11. I did not realize that no RV parking was allowed in the infield. Your map of parking answered a lot of questions and guide showed us where to park. We hope to get in lot 3. Again thank you so much for helping your fellow race fans out!
I cannot believe how good your site is. There are plenty of professionally run sites that are not as good. There is so much variety of information here that I am not able to get the whole picture in one session.
If I say I like "Cool Tales", "Things to Do", "F1 vs IndyCar", and FAQ, you'll think I don't like the rest, but rest assured that it's the most complete site I've seen.
Somewhere I saw a "What to bring" and "What not to bring" (just asimportant).
Excuse the run-on blabbing, but I'm just blown away.
From: D in New Mexico
Just wanted to say that I think your webpage is awesome! I'm a Hoosier living in New Mexico and always go back for the 500 festivities...stumbled across your webpage and I love all the pics and especially the info!
Great Page. This is exactly the kind of information I was
looking for to plan a trip to the Indy 500.
From: D in Dallas Tx
Date: April 13, 2001
Good Link Dude. Getting ready for my first F-1 race this Sept. Your site has helped alot. Thanks.
From: S.D. Toronto Canada
Date: March 28, 2001
I am writing this e-mail to tell you that you have an excellent web site dedicated to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I check it quite regularly and find your articles well written and interesting.
Your web site assisted me in fulfilled my lifelong dream last year when we took the old RV and made the trek from Toronto, Canada down to witness the Indy 500. I have watched it religiously on TV for about 20 odd years with every year saying "Next year I will see it in person" It was every bit as exciting as I imagined. Witnessing the speeds, attendance and accessibility to drivers/ cars at the speedway really make the Toronto Indy (185 mph top speed on the back straight, 76,000 people, $40.00 garage access, where the closest car is 20 feet away, and covered) seem like childs play.
There is absolutely no information about the Indy 500 in T.O. and it was very nice to have a website to go to and get all the information required to have a successful trip right from arrival through to making the trip back home. I knew exactly what to expect and where to go.
Keep up the excellent work.
Date: Jan 30, 2001
Shared your Web Page with a young scout and his Mom. They are going to the Pinewood Derby tonight.. It is all about tradition and a place to start building your dreams. Keep up the good work!
Date: Jan 21, 2001
From someone attempting to plan their first trip to the 500, your page is extremely informative.
From: J.G. in Whitewater, Wisconsin
Date: Jan 20, 2001
Just wanted to let you know what an excellent job you did on putting all
this Indy track information together. I've never been to a race at the track
but someday I hope to come to one. My wife and I stop at the track about
5 or 6 times a year to check out the muesem and changes that take place.
We stay in Speedway 10 times a year as we are season ticket holders to
the Colts. Again I want to say what a great job you've done, it is very inter-
resting and humorus. I've printed it all out and made a folder out of it for
future reference. If we ever get down some year for community day we are
going to look you up and say hello.
Date: Jan 19, 2001
hi dan....ive been checkin out you site for a while now..its great!!
usually in january i start getting the itch for indy again....ive been
going since 1990 with anywhere from 18 guys to 8..its the best weekend
away. as well as going to the brickyard we got down to the f1 race,,,it
Date: Jan 15, 2001
Dan I discovered your site tonight and I just wanted you to know I think it is great! I attended my first 500 in 1972 when i marched in the parade and around the track with my high school band. went to the 75 race and have been to everyone since 1977. I enjoy your info sites and especially enjoy the tales of the fans! Keep up the good work.
Date: Jan 1, 2001
Excellebt page Dan,........thanks for all the various info. between F-1,Indycar, and CART. I must admit, yours is one of few places I've bookmarked. Hell, I can't wait for the season to begin, knowing I'll have a place to go to to find out all the racing info. I want. Two "thumbs up". and thanks a lot.
From: J in Indy
Date: Sept 28, 2000
yo, dude - your site rules! Very informative and very well organized!
One suggestion - you should put up some more commentary on the U.S. Grand Prix. I thought the race was very excellent.
Date: Sept 27, 2000
Thanks to your Geocities web site photo's & a newsgroup posting you did last
year, I ordered & received tickets to the USGP in the NorthWest Vista. They
were absolutely terrific. I was able to view the track from Indy turn 1
through the infield back straight. At one point, I timed one car through the
entire view and it was 45 seconds! I hope you enjoyed the race as much as I
Date: Sept 18, 2000
From: R.S. in Arvada, Colorado
Date: Sept 18, 2000
Awesome web page Dan, I've been totally lost on what I do to get to and camp at Indy for the US 500. I can't belive how inadequate the official web page is, especially considering the huge amount of long distance travellers there will be that are new to Indy. I think they should pay you to upgrade their site.
I now feel prepared for my trip (driving 2000 miles round trip!) thanks to you.
Keep up the good work.
From: BG in Phoenix Arizona
Date: Sept 7, 2000)
Was just surfing the net and came across your indy 500 page. The memories are great! I was born and raised in Indy. Lived at 34th and High School Rd. and now live in Phoenix , Az for the last 10yrs or so. Last race i attended was 95 (Villeneuve winner). Just wanted to tell you that this is a cool web site and keep up the good work. It put a smile on my face and i passed away couple of hrs just checkin out the links and remembering my fun experiences there. I went to Northwest H.S. and we would hear the cars practicing and skip out of classes in the afternoon at least 2 times a week. Sad to see that the days of the 4th turn manics and mayhem are gone now. The almighty $ is mor important to the Georges' than tradition. But we all have memories. Thanks !
From: Mickey R. (Atlanta, Georgia)
Date: Aug 11, 2000
From: Ann & Boyd B. (Whitby, Ontario CANADA)
Date: Aug 8, 2000
Dan, thanks for all the info you posted on the net for the Brickyard. We followed much of the advice you provided and had a stress free Brickyard 400.
A fellow from work was selling 4 seats in Penthouse A at face value about 2 weeks ago....an offer we could pass up. We tried a few hotels near Indy but at that late date there wasn't much. So we booked a hotel in Kokomo, about 1 1/2 hours out of Indy for less than $60/night. And off we went.
The shuttle was definitely the way to go. We drove into the airport with little trouble (most people were trying to drive downtown), and jumped on a bus at about 9 a.m. with no waiting. Into Indy the bus took back roads and we were at the track in just over 30 minutes. On the way out, the buses for downtown were packed, but there was hardly anyone in line for the airport. We were back to our car within the hour. Pretty fast considering the traffic.
Your web site provided a lot of useful and interesting information. Thanks a lot.
Date: Aug 7, 2000
I just want to drop you a quick thank you for all the work you do on your site. I check it out at least once a week and I'm always suprised how up to date you keep it. I especially like your spectator stories and points of view. I could read about the IMS experience all day long!! I'm going to the USGP next month and I'm looking forward to any fan information and news that you'll be posting. I also don't plan on missing a 500 for the rest of my life. Thanks!!
Date: July 3, 2000
Great webpages! This is the most useful info I've found on the net! You would think that the IMS page would have alot of this stuff on there. I'm really looking forward to my first trip to Indy. Your webpages will help alot.
From: B.M. from Georgia
Date: June 14, 2000
Great page you have. Loved this years May stories. Here is a tip for all the Indy Car fans out there with wives who hate racing and would rather spend Mother's Day with mom instead of at the track. Take them to Community Day. Driving on the track is great enough, but getting to see and meet the drivers is key.
They have to have someone to root for, whether it be girl or guy, cute or cocky, tall (Carlson and Hillenburg), or short (Kite and Boat). The NASCAR fan Georgia wife of mine is hooked after the last two years at the Speedway, and access into Gasoline Alley did it (hates Boat, loves Carlson). Preparation is key also, nice hotel, reserved race day parking bought on Community Day when crowds are down (won't clue you in on my secret), and keeping her warm and dry between track activities. The final touch though is a trip to Orlando for the INDY 200 every January. Gets to see cars and do theMickey thing every year. I'm on it.
Attached is a pic of my wife, myself and A.J., taken on last year's C Day (notice beer in hand). Try pulling that off in Gasoline Alley 3 years ago.
Date: May 31, 2000
Thanks! What a great website for first time visitors
to the Indy 500. My husband and I are planning on attending next year and we didn't know where to start. This helps immensely.
From: C.S. in Kansas City
Date: May 29, 2000
I just wanted to thank you real quick for your
website. I used it in order to make my weekend more organized. I took my 3 yr old son and he had a blast. the rain delay kind of screwed things up a little though. There is an easier way in though that you don't advertise. As soon as you get on
Crawfordsville Rd from 465N, turn left where the shell station is, then go all the way down 25th st to Georgetown. This was
absolutely the less congested road in the city. I ended up "befriending" a vendor for $25 and parked on the corner of 25th and Georgetown. Another piece of advice is to wait and get your tickets the day of the race, they were giving them away.
From: G.K. in Indiana
Date: May 2000
Thank you. I hold tickets to the 500 as I have for about seven years, yet I could not find a schedule on the IMS site. Thanks for having everything.
From: A.R. in New York
Date: April 2000
I'm a producer/host at Pseudo.com the largest interactive internet site in the world, one of our channels is the NFL Quarterback Club Channel where we produce features on some of the biggest names in football. We're going to the Indy 500, I've read your pages and you are a great source of information. I was wondering if you would like to hang out one day and show us around. Check out the site! www.pseudo.com
Date: April 2000)
This is a very cool site filled with a ton of good information and it is really well organized. Good work and thanks for the service!
From: R.L. in Michigan
Date: April 2000
Your web page has proved to be invaluable to me over the past few weeks. I've been to the Indy 500 twice with a friend who had friends in Indianapolis. (I was living in Florida at that time -now in Michigan) This year I am trying to wing it on my own and your information is just awesome.
Thanks for your time and energy!
Date: March 2000
Excellent site! Thanks for all the info!
From: J.S. Kuwait
Date: March 2000
Hey man I am in Kuwait and planning to take a week off when I get back to watch the practice sessions. My dad has season tickets to texas and I love Indy cars thanks for the information it was a great help in finding where to park and stuff. Thanks again
Date: March 2000
Hello, I'm so excited to have tickets to the USGP. This will also be my first visit to the speedway. I cant believe I'll be watching Ferrari and McLarren do battle at this historical track. Do you expect the same amount of interests for F1 as the 500 gets? Well I paid 140 for my ticket. I'm in the Paddock by the start/finish. I hope this is an idea location. Thanks for all the info on your site. Anything other secrets you have would be appreciated. Thanks
Date: February 2000
Dan, Today I received my ticket confirmation for the USGP. I requested & got NW vista, but not being familiar with the stands, I attempted to find my seat location (NW Vista S11 LL 22-23) on the internet, and found your site. Thanks for the great info; I think my seats are in the area of your Turn 4 photo's, which will provide a great view of the turn 4 infield complex, and hopefully the straight & braking zone for road course turn 1. This is the view I was hoping for!
Date: Jan 2000
I really enjoy your website, and I check it often. The "500" has always been a passion with me, and my "rookie" year at the speedway was 1984, Rick Mears' second win (I think). At any rate, I have been there for ten races, (two rained out), and being from San Diego, I can't make it back there as often as I would like.
I think that with the political battle between Cart and IRL, the ultimate winner will be the "500", I think that race fans want to see primarily quality racing, especially with our own American drivers, and now that Little Al has come over, and as you have reported, Vasser and Montoya coming with Chip's team, that will be a big plus. Cart now only has a handfull of our guys left. Do you think Michael and some of the others might do the same for this race?
From: J.S. Troy Ohio
Date: Aug 1999
Congratulations, Dan, whenever you get to read this. I've been going to Indy since '49, and I don't think I've gone the same way too many times. We're using the maps for our drive over for time trials for the Brickyard 400. Your information is very thorough, and I think it will be quite helpful for us. You've spent a lot of time putting this together, and your 'finished product' shows great results for your hard work. I plan to check in often to see your updates. Thanks for taking the time to put such helpful information together for us.
- "If people don't want to come out to the ball park, nobody's going to stop them." -- Yogi Berra
--> From: W.S.
Date: June 13, 1999
I was just watching a Formula One Grand Prix race on TV and was wondering how it was different from IRL. Wow! What a goldmine of information on your page. Guess I don't have to wonder what the differences are between F1, IRL, and CART anymore. Thanks for putting all that together. I first got interested IRL when my company started sponsoring Treadway Racing a couple of years ago. I've been following Arie ever since and I was bummed when I found out he was retiring. I felt REALLY bad when Arie dumped it in this year's Indy 500. I was hoping he would retire in victory lane.
Anyway, I jst wanted to drop you a line or two and tell you how much I liked your page. Thanks for sharing!
From: AH in Maryland
Date: June 7 1999
Just wanted to let you know that I've really enjoyed your web-page. I first came across it about 6-7 months ago and thought it was cool. My family and friends have been attending the race every year since '95. But my family history at the race goes back to my dad's first in '64. This past race was my 14th (I'm 28).
NEW PICTURES: I was amazed to see that our seats were almost in the same place. We sat in N.E. Vista Sec. 13 row V. They were probably the best seats I've had yet.
Also, after seeing the Carb Day pictures from last year, I was (somewhat) dissappointed that there were no topless shots of this years Carb Day. But you found some hotties anyway. (Hey I'm married, Not Dead!)
Anyway, Just wanted to drop you a line. We'll be camping in the Coke lot as usual next year. Just look for the HUGE Texas flag (it's my dad's, I'm in Maryland)
From: DT Atlanta Georgia
Date: June 1, 1999
I attended my first ever Indy 500 on Sunday, May 30, 1999. I grew up listening to it (then watching it) every year as an honored tradition! I was an Eddie Sachs fan in theearly 60's and got to your web site while doing an Infoseek search on him this morning.
I must say... I am very impressed with your web site... the tradition that it honors (the Indy, the drivers, and the fans' memories) as well as the hearts that it must touch.
I read with a chuckle your description of Atlanta's (The AJC) view of the Indy cars coming here in 1998! Please, don't be too hard on them... they know not... what real racing is!
I also enjoyed your web site review and comparison of F1 and the Indy cars, which was superb.
Again... my congratulations on, and thanks for, a very nice, personal web site .
I hope you enjoyed the '99 Indy 500. We sure did!