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    From: D.S.
    Date: Nov 30, 2003

    Just looked at your website. Looks like you've put alot of work into it !! Looks great !! We are Indiana Fishing & Hotspots located at

    From: Ben K from Plainfield IL
    Date: Oct 3, 2003

    Just wanted to say that I've enjoyed your site over the past couple of years. Indy racing has always been my favorite form of auto racing ever since I attended my first Indy 500 back in the mid 90's. Thanks for all the great info and pictures on your site. Keep up the good work!

    From: DKM
    Date: Oct 3, 2003

    I just looked at your f1 journal for this year's event. You really take some good photos. If you've ever given serious thought to making it a career good luck.

    From: Gary
    Date: Sept 25, 2003

    I'm a fan of your site. You do an fantastic job. I have referred to your site often.

    From: Chuck
    Date: Sept 19, 2003

    Great service as usual - appreciate your site very much.

    From: Steve
    Date: Sept 16, 2003

    I looked all through your web site, VERY NICE!

    From: Brendon
    Date: Sept 11, 2003

    Great web site Dan.

    My name is Brendon Blince. I am the Senior Casting Producer on the hit dating show "Elimidate". The first week of October I will be in Indianapolis casting our show. I will be doing at least six show out of indianapolis.

    I was wondering if you could give me like the top ten clubs and bars that I will find wild outgoing, HOT, 21-35 year olds for the show.

    From: J.S. from Denver, CO
    Date: Aug 12, 2003

    I just talked with someone who has the seats for sale that I have been looking for. Hopefully, the transaction will work without a hitch. I am sure that it will. Four of us are headed to the USGP! Thanx again for your help and enjoy the race.

    From: Dennis
    Date: Aug 9, 2003

    Big Thanks to you Dan, for the hotel info. I notice the info about the cheaper hotels and the bad elements.

    From: Tony
    Date: Jul 26, 2003

    love the site,used your way into the coke lot off 465

    From: B.F. in Flint MI
    Date: July 26, 2003

    Thanks for your web site. You have been more help and given me more information than any place. Keep up the good work.

    From: T.S.
    Date: July 26, 2003

    Love the site - Used your way into the coke lot off 465
    This year taking the kids and want to park in the infield on Saturday for qualifying and want to enter the north entrance. Any easy ways?

    To enter off of 30th, you use the same directions as to get to the coke lot, but just keep going straight (east) on 30th, past Georgetown Road. The north entrance to the speedway will be about a 1/4 mile past that.

    Entering that way though is sometimes closed off to the infield, and you end up parking in the big field outside and north of the track ("The North 40").

    If they are allowing people to park inside, then the south entrance off of 16th street is the guaranteed car entrance. NOTE: the only way to get in to the track off of 16th street is to approach from the east.

    From: C.W. in KY
    Date: July 15, 2003

    Great site! You have the best info I have found! My wife & I are coming to our 1st Brickyard 400 in a couple weeks from Paducah, Ky.. We are pulling our 24 foot camper and have a permit for IMS Lot # 2.

    From: B.W. in Iowa
    Date: June 8, 2003

    You are my contact to the Speedway from Iowa. 26 races under my belt since 1972 and lately 6 out of the last 8 years for qualifications. Plus a Friday or two for practice. THANK YOU for the news and the effort. VRROOOOOMMMMM....You're ON IT...

    From: D.W.
    Date: June 4, 2003

    Thanks to you and your great web site I got tickets in the NEvista three rows from the top...great seats....keep up the good work...David

    From: C.W.
    Date: May 31, 2003

    I came across your site and it is a help, but I have what will be a stupid question but nonetheless a question. I am buying tickets as a surprise for my husband for next years 500. What are penthouse seats? I am assuming by the price they are very good?

    That's not a stupid question. There is an upper deck of seats in Stands E, A, B and the Paddock. (Front straight and 1st Turn). Being higher offers you a better view (and more stairs to climb). Some of these seats are individual seats and not benches. This upper level is called the Penthouse.

    From: D.G.
    Date: May 27, 2003

    Hey Dan - I can't thank you enough for all the valuable info on your web site. My wife bought me tickets to the race for our anniversary, this was my virgin race. I found your site a few months ago and it was awesome. We planned everything according to what you had published... either we were going to hate you or love you. We drove down from Minnesota on Saturday, let's say we had plenty of time to study the various print outs, we got into Indy about 4 and made an attempt to cruise past the race way to check out the track and the parking facilities. Since our tickets were in section H we thought the coke lot seemed about the best place to park, of course based on your recommendation. We got side tracked a bit with road closures and stuff but found our way to Moller drive and drove past the west side of the lot, turned east on 38th and up to the main drag. We figured we knew our options and headed out to our hotel - up the 465 about 10 miles or so. Anyway we got to the hotel and made sure we have everything ready for race day, and went through your suggestions again, we were pumped. On Sunday we got to the track about 6:20 - we didn't have any problem with traffic or parking - we were close to being in the front row of the coke lot, it was perfect. We had chairs, coolers, the news paper and about everything we needed. I think we finally went into the track about 8:30 or so. I packed just about everything you mentioned, binoculars, ear protection, radio and sun glasses. We picked up bleacher seat backs at Wal-Mart for $10 so we didn't need to rent the cushions, it worked out pretty well. I guess I don't know if I would do that again, it is kind of a hassle totting them around. The race was awesome to watch, I couldn't believe the speed and the sound. Being in section H kind of limited what we could see, however the jumbo screen was directly across from out seats so we could see about everything. The ear protection I had allowed me to listen to the radio through ear buds so I knew what was happening before anyone else in the stands. The radio was a big plus. The guy next to me had a scanner but couldn't hear much and was a bit disappointed. After the race we hung around for a bit in the stands and watch Gil drive around and wave - pretty funny. We then took your advise once again the went back to the car to have a cold one and wait for traffic to die down. We waited about and 2 hours after the race before attempting to leave, we got stuck in some traffic trying to get onto 465, and thanks to your maps, we were able to by-pass that junk and head out a different way getting back to the hotel in about 30 minutes. It was awesome - thanks to your site we were able to enjoy the weekend without any trouble, nothing went wrong and we owe it all to you.

    Thanks again for the site it helped make a perfect weekend for a couple of virgin Indy goers.

    From: B.G.S.
    Date: May 27, 2003

    Thanks so much for all your site info! Ours tickets from IMS arrived safely, even though I tried to toss the plain blue envelope thinking it was junk mail...that would have been a costly mistake! We tried the Speedway Industrial Park for parking. While it wasn't the closest to our seats, it was the best parking choice! We went by on Saturday to prepay and pick up our street pass. This was the key to the whole parking experience. The other streets were closed and clogged. Except for those of us with passes. We were able to cut across 10th Street with the police escorts. So on both the way in and the way out we had the streets almost to ourselves! I'm passing there info along to my cousin for the F-1 race. We had a wonderful time, hope you did too!

    From: J.S.
    Date: May 26, 2003

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the helpful information you provide. Helpful, well organized information is what the internet should be all about. Keep up the good work!!!! THANKS!

    From: B.B.
    Date: May 23, 2003

    Thanks for the tips! Very appreciative of your fine webpage. My son and I are looking forward to this year's running and a great day at the track! Keepin' the shiny side up!

    From: C.V.
    Date: May 21, 2003

    I love your website!! It's so informative!! Thanks for the links to the driver's radio frequencies!! Do you happen to know who the pace car driver is for this year? Can't seem to find any info on that front.

    I haven't been able to figure that one out either.

    From: M.I.
    Date: May 20, 2003

    been following this website for years now! its awesome!

    From: D.D.
    Date: May 20, 2003

    I couldn't agree more with your comments about the Indy "beat writers". They will criticize to try and catch the eye of the reader and that is all they are worried about. The economic woes of many are having a huge impact on the ticket sales and cars running.

    Still, the Indy 500 is simply the most spectacular single day sporting event in the world.

    I had the opportunity to watch last year's race on tape just yesterday. What a great race it was, but you don't hear anybody talking about it that wants to paint a bad picture of the 500.

    On with the show I say.

    By the way, who do you like in this year's race? I think there are at least eight drivers with a legitimate shot to win it.

    From: K.
    Date: May 19, 2003

    Great info site for the 500. I have been going since 93. I plan on sitting on the infield viewing hills. Is there any good areas to take photos.

    The catch fence will be in your way. There are little windows in the fence though. Look for some that are open and unoccupied and you might get lucky.

    From: R.H.
    Date: May 19, 2003

    neat site…came across it while searching for some sound files of Tom Carnagie. I can’t for the life of me find any, would you know where to find some of him saying, “….and he’s on it” or “ it’s a new track record”? His voice is great!

    From: F.H.
    Date: May 19, 2003

    You have a great page. Thank you very much for taking the time to give pointers to us 'out-of-towners'.

    From: T.L.
    Date: May 19, 2003

    Thanks for hosting this real cool website. It is one of my favorites of any kind! I appreciate your effort in keeping up your awesome web site. I bet I have referred a hundred people to your web site, and I will continue to do so in the future!! Thank you for the great work

    From: T.P. in Lafayette IN
    Date: May 15, 2003

    First you have a great web site, thanks.......

    Suggestion that may be helpful to race fans,
    Use a new cloth type insulated fold-up cooler, that way it's lighter to carry back out at the end of the day.

    From: P.B.
    Date: May 14, 2003

    I have sold all my tickets and thank you for such a great format to do so. Your entire site is just getting better every year and has been a real success for me. Keep it up. Thanks again.

    From: J.
    Date: May 14, 2003

    I love your web site & have it in my favorite places.I have a question about your pictures do you use a digital or a regular camera and what type is it. Again you have a great site.

    I currently use an Olympus 2100 Ultrazoom. Its a digital.

    From: N.D.
    Date: May 12, 2003

    Thank you so much for answering my email. I wasn't really expecting some one to actually answer my question and when your response arrived you,[ pardon the hackneyed expression], certainly "made my day" This is going to be one heck of a race! I haven't been this excited about the race in years. If I am not mistaken, It seems as if the best times have been had with drivers using the Dalarra/Toyota combo. If that is in fact true it would seem to me that Helio and Gil would go in that direction. Again, thank you ever so much.... I feel like a 3 time winner---- It's Friday, It's payday, and you answeredmy email!!! Have a happy weekend!

    From: K.
    Date: May 5, 2003

    I am a regular viewer of your site and after many years of consideration have bought a scanner and now will be looking up the IRL frequencies on your page too. Keep up the good work.

    From: R.P. in Beloit, OH
    Date: May 3, 2003

    We are flying in for the Indy 500 on the Sunday morning (Eagle Creek Airpark). Our only problem is "what time does the race start"

    We flew in for the US Grand Prix last October and had the same problem of not knowing the start time.

    Sounds so simple, but we are in Ohio and use EST. In Indiana no one seems to know the time in relationship to EST. Some say IN is on the same time as EST some say IN is 1 hour behind EST. Net result we do not know the start time of the Indy 500 race.

    For the F1 GP we made our seats with 15 mins to go before start, only to find we had another hour to wait.

    I am assuming you will be able to cut through all the rumor and tell me what time in EST the race is scheduled to start. Great web site !!

    We are in the Eastern Time zone.

    There are 2 states besides Hawaii which do not change their clocks twice a year and Central Indiana is one of them.

    We are technically in the Eastern Standard timezone (EST). Our neighbors who change their clocks are in the Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT)

    I think you guys move your clocks ahead an hour in April and then move them back an hour in the fall.

    Once everyone does this, then Indiana time is the same as Chicago - Central Daylight Savings time. When they change back at the end of the year, we are back even with those in the EDT.

    So, we are an hour behind you. The race starts at 11 a.m. EST (our time) = noon your time.

    From: T.K.
    Date: April 29, 2003

    Just wanted to report I was able to sell my tickets on your board.

    Great service you have here. I hated to give up my tickets. Son is graduating from HS that day. He and I wanted to skip graduation but Mom won that battle.

    From: Rick
    Date: April 26, 2003

    I like your site about the 500 race. I'm sure everyone who visits your site is better off than before, especially if it's their first race. Thanks for doing such a great service for fellow fans.

    I purchased 2 tickets, just for wanting to go, having lived in Indiana 13 yrs now, I figure it's gotta be worth going at least once. My question to you is are the seats any good? These are Stand A - Row E. Should I keep them or try to sell em? Your ideas & input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for all that you do. Rick

    From: S.L.
    Date: 2003

    Just wanted to let you know the I got the tickets I needed. Thanks for all your help and it's a great site!!!!Good work!!!

    From: M.R. in Chandler, Arizona
    Date: April 21, 2003

    Just found your site and was enjoying it!!1 I am a native of Indy (Decatur Central '76) and get awfully homesick this time of year!!!!! Eldon Rasmussen's wife was one of the secretaries of my high school, and we are actually family friends.

    Keep up the good work- you are now one of my bookmarks!

    From: M.H.
    Date: April 17, 2003

    I just wanted to complement you on your great website. I have been going to Indy for about 7 years now for the 500

    From: B.H.
    Date: April 13, 2003

    Hey Dan thanks again for the help, you got a great site.

    From: T.K. from Pennsylvania
    Date: April 11, 2003

    Hello Dan...fabulous Web site. We have a group of 10 of us who make the trek to Indy every year from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and we love it. We've had some wild times and gotten some great photos over the year (and some we probably shouldn't have taken at night along Georgetown).

    ...Any advice from your past experience would be great! Thanks, and keep up the nice work with the page.

    From: E.B. from Alaska
    Date: March 30, 2003

    Your site is great! I have never been to the Indy 500 but I used to lay in my dads car and listen to it on the radio when I was a kid. It was usually warm in the sun and I remember the feelings yet as the race started. That was about 45 years ago in Northern MN. I still enjoy racing, ......... but always from a distance(now I'm In AK). Never in the world ever figured I would go to a race.....until last week when I was making plans to attend a wedding in Robinson Il on the 24th of May. I made my decision right then.

    Now I need to find tickets that are protected from the sun and exciting. I live South of Anchorage in Alaska. But I can't figure out for sure which ones that might be. I know if it's hot I'll be in big trouble.

    I'm going to get 2 tickets in hopes that I will find somebody to go with me when I get down there. Surely somebody will put up with a race crazed (older)female...........doncha think? Thanks if you can help and if not,it's been nice chatting with you. lol I like the relaxed, real way you relate on your site.

    From: J.C.
    Date: March 19, 2003

    My name is Jay and I came across your web site a year or so ago. It is very informative and you've done a great job on it! I have a question for you regarding taking photographs. I recall that you used to have some tips on your web site, however I can't find them anymore. I have a 35mm Nikon N65 with a 70-300mm lens and am going to the IRL race at PIR this weekend. What film should I use and do you have any other suggestions for taking some good pictures? Any help would be much appreciated!

    From: A.S. from Iowa
    Date: March 11, 2003

    hey dan, my name is al and this will be my first trip to indy(brickyard) this august and was doing a search for stuff at track and around and found your site,,this is an outstanding site for fans,,,bravo. I live in Davenport Iowa and attend a few races when I can for the race,women beer, and all other that happens around race day.A friend and I already bought tickets in section H,, i hope hope thats it decent. we were thinking of getting there early saturday morning to get a decent spot to party and stay though sunday nite.Should we park in neighborhoods close or parking lot?Strip bars close? Thanks for help,,we gotta hook up...Al

    From: John
    Date: March 9, 2003

    Just a note: This has got to be the best site for info. I see that eventually you plan on putting in a detailed seating diagram. That would be great. This will be my first time to INDY. I am looking to get good seating, but cannot tell exactly how the seating is situated. I will try to get the most expensive tickets and hope we get a good seat. Thanks for the excellent site. Keep up the good work.

    From: MC from Novata California
    Date: Feb 26, 2003

    Thank you for your very interesting and informative website.

    I have listened to or watched in various formats every Indy 500 since 1955. I have always wanted to see, in person, this race above all races. I almost made it in 1965 when I was in the Army. Was all ready to go when Tony George dumped CART and I felt the best cars and drivers were not there.

    Finally, this year I and my son Matt are finally going to make it. I have my B Stand tickets, hotel, car, and plane reservations all made.

    With the help of your website, Matt and I are going to have a great time.

    From: Dick
    Date: Feb 22, 2003

    As a long time indy fan I can say this is the best, most informative website I've ever seen. Great work. Thanks. keep it up. Your sanke pit history is perfect.

    From: D.M. from Kentucky
    Date: 4 Feb 2003

    The web site is great.

    From: Barry
    Date: 2 Feb 2003

    I really enjoy your Indy Speedway web site. It's got to be among the best racing sites that's out there.

    From: M.A.
    Date: 21 Jan 2003

    My job is to inform visitors, always glad to get the latest info and pass it along. They're always interested in facts and figures, some of which I don't go into. I know the population (they always ask that) as well as height of the S&S Monument on the Circle, for instance) but I don't know what the tax rate is. Which one, for crying out loud? We have over 60 different taxing districts (property tax, what?) and no one can keep up with it all. I just tell them we're a very affordable city (generally under the national cost of living); utilities, etc. Your site is another that provides both facts and personal perspective on the area. Good job.

    the site is interesting and fun to read.
    Tourism professional, lifelong resident of Indy

    From: Linda
    Date: 8 Jan 2003

    Thanks so much. Your site has been a great help.

    From: A.M.
    Date: 03 Jan 2003

    This is a great website. You're a true ambassador to Indianapolis. Can you help me understand why you do all of this? Thanks.

    2002 Letters

    From: D.T.
    Date: 30 Dec 2002

    Dan your site has helped me the past 5 years and hope you can do it again..Great site Man thanks for taking the time for us huge Indy fans!!!

    From: R.S. from United Kingdom
    Date: 29 Dec 2002

    Dear Dan,

    Thank you very much for the information that you researched and e-mailed to me so promptly.

    I could not believe that you did this on Christmas Eve, I have visited the web-site that you recommended, it is just brilliant, everything I needed and much more.

    If there is any information about European racing that I can help you with. Please contact me and hopefully I will point you in the right direction.

    Have a brilliant 2003, and thanks once again.

    From: C.J. from Sydney, Australia
    Date: 16 Nov 2002

    Just a quick note to say thank you VERY much for your website.

    A friend a I decided to attend the 2002 Indianapolis F1 GP from Sydney Australia and found just about everything we needed on your site, accommodation, tickets, the works !

    It made having a fantastic time at the Race and in Indianapolis so much easier.

    Obviously Australia is a long way to come so it was re-assuring to have ALL the information at hand.

    Enjoyed the experience of Indy so much I'd love to comeback for the 500 one year.

    Thanks again


    From: R.L.
    Date: 12 Nov 2002

    Just as you suggested, I looked further on and found ALL the answers to ALL my questions. What an awesome website!!! Thanks for the input and for the effort it takes to keep this site as informative as it is. I think the idea of the corners is a good one. From the views I saw it looks like a LONG way down the track. Thanx again

    From: D.G. from Jamestown, NC
    Date: 19 Sep 2002

    I wrote you a couple of years ago and you were a big help in offering some tips for my first visit to the speedway for the USGP.

    From: S.M.
    Date: 16 Sep 2002

    First off, let me say thank you for your website! We were first-timers to Indy in 2000 for the USGP, and your site gave us most of the info we needed before coming to Indy. We're coming back in 10 days for our 3rd race, and hope to see the 500 next year. Thanks for your help.

    From: J.W.
    Date: 07 Sep 2002

    Hello, I love this website of yours, I found it researching the 500 because next year a buddy and myself are going to attend the festivities May 22-May 26. I really like the way you write (easy to read-plain English). I've read only 1/3 of the articles so far and they are very informative. My buddy and I are race fans and we figured we would never get to see the race in person until a lady at the school pta blabbed that her husband gets 3 different pairs of tickets each year and often they go unused. We were able to convince him we NEEDED 1 pair of seats to put together the "trip of a lifetime". We don't get out much, we both have plenty of other commitments (wives, kids in soccer&karate,honey-do's, etc.) I am going to read the rest of your pages and be well informed and ready for the experience. Thanks.

    From: Harm van Rooij
    Date: 5 Sep 2002

    As I finally decided to visit the 2003 Indy 500 to see Arie Luyendijk race, I would like to complement you with you great website. I found it very helpfull.

    From: Ross
    Date: 30 Aug 2002

    I really liked your site on Indy.

    From: T.K.
    Date: 28 Aug 2002

    Great website!

    From: J.C.
    Date: 27 Aug 2002

    Good website. Never been interested in indy till F1 came. Went to both gp's and now I watch everything that happens at that track. Can't wait till the 2002 USGP, and your website is the biggest help as a guide so far. Keep up the good work, thanks.

    From: F.T. from Scotland
    Date: 21 Aug 2002

    Dan, My mate and i are coming out from Glasgow,Scotland to see the best f**king race in the whole world. We have not been before and don't know the City at all but your site was a great help to us. We are young guys(25-27)and are up for a mad party while we are there and plan to show Indianapolis how Scots party. Could you let us know where the best clubs in Indy are for our type of madness? Thanks for the help mate!

    From: R.H.
    Date: 15 Aug 2002

    Hi Dan--I LOVE your site man. I've only been in indy 2 years but am becoming a race fan. Your site has really helped me understand racing. I keep going back to your site--it's so damned helpful compared to the "official" site I can't believe it. They should license yours and hire you to keep it up.

    I know you don't advertise advice, so I'll offer you some type of trade (like programming/tech books? I can swap those).

    From: T.C.
    Date: 07 Aug 200

    You have a great site.

    From: S.F.
    Date: 3 Aug 2002

    I found your web site it is great.

    From: P.O.
    Date: 30 Jul 2002

    I just moved to Indy to work at a large drug company here (I could tell you what I do, but then I'd have to kill you! :-). As a way to ease the move for my four year old son, I told him about Indy cars and open-wheeled racing. When we moved here it became apparent that he thought that EVERYONE drove open-wheeled racers on the street (wouldn't that be COOL?). To ease his disapointment, I promised him a trip to the Grand Prix in September.

    This morning I was searching the web for good USGP-related sites and came across your indyspeedway site. Really nice work, very helpful to a novice like me.

    From: A.S.
    Date: 28 Jul 2002

    I was lucky enough to get tickets to the Indy 500 this year. I had been 3 times in the 70's but not since. Anyway I found your web site on how and what to do VERY helpful. I took my 13 year old son. Our tickets were in the Northwest vista and well up, great view! So we parked in lot #1. We stayed in a hotel just south of the city on I-65. It was very convenient. In fact we got their early enough the day before to drive up to the speedway and find out how to get around. I was worried about long lines for parking so we got up at about 6AM and left just before 7AM for INDY. We got off at the mentioned exit and actually drove right into the lot without any problems. Had time for a couple of snacks and watched the festivities. Went to our seats about 9AM or so. The race was great. You just can't get the experience on TV. They go so fast and are very loud. I don't understand how the folks in the first row can take it for the whole race. We did have earplugs. We stayed right until the end and then rushed to the car and drove right out to the expressway without problems. We were sitting down to eat less than 1 hour after the race. Just wanted to say thanks and found your site very useful. Hope we get to go again sometime.

    From: J.B.
    Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002

    I love your web page!! I work for a very large aircraft parts distribution company called Aviall. United Airlines is my customer in Indianapolis and I am looking at options to have a customer appreciation day the week before the Indy 500 or Formula One race.

    From: S.H.
    Date: July 24, 2002

    Just found your website while looking on Ebay. Love the info you have and look forward to reading it in detail. I live in Shreveport,La. and have been to 20 Indy 500's and both USGP's

    From: Michael W.
    Date: July 24, 2002


    From: Dan B.
    Date: July 18, 2002

    Dan thanks so much You are a life saver!!!!!!!

    From: Ken D. from Rochester NY
    Date: July 10, 2002

    Awesome website ! We are trying to watch a number of ticket auctions on eBay for the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race in hopes of starting our August vacation with a trip to the race, and before finding your site, I was finding it challenging to figure out where the different sets of tickets were located at the track. With the help of your Seat Quality Chart, I have found a half dozen auctions that may land us good tickets. Not all are in the "green" sections, but all will be great seats for us. I couldn't have done this well without your help -- I'm looking forward to reading ALL of your site before we go, if everything works out. Thanks for the great job.

    From: John T.
    Date: May 24, 2002

    I haven't been to the race in 15 years when my dad took me, now it's my turn. Your site has been a great help. Thanks

    From: Scott K.
    Date: June 18, 2002

    You have a nice web site w/ better parking info than the speedway!!

    From: Eric
    Date: June 13, 2002

    Thank you for posting the website. It is exceptional and informative. We will be attending F1 again and welcome you to contact us if you are ever out in Lake Tahoe.

    From: Leah T. from New Jersey
    Date: June 3, 2002

    just to let you know that I have spent half a day looking for all possible info I can get about Indy speedway and F1 - and this is probably the best first hand info for fans and spectators! your site is incredibly informative especially for first timers like me.

    From: The Mireles Family from Taylor, MI
    Date: May 31, 2002

    We went to Indy this year for the race and used your webpage for all of our information. GREAT PAGE!!!!!! Keep up the good work! Although we spent $1,400 on our trip it was well worth it......minus the 80 mph speeding ticket I got on the way. I guess your website got me a little too pumped up.

    From: Scott G from CA
    Date: May 29, 2002

    I have been checking out your site off and on the last couple months getting info for my long awaited trip to indy for the brickyard. Living out in california we can't get to many races w/o getting on a plane. This year we have decided to go to the brickyard and we are really looking forward to it. We've been to phoenix and go to sears point each year.

    I found your site in a search and it is by far the best one out there. Very thorough with lots of great information. We now have everything except the most important thing, tickets.

    From: Sherry G
    Date: May 28, 2002

    My family and I just want to thank you for the great info about how to survive and enjoy the 500. I printed out the directions to the Coke lot which we used. We have never been to the city before, and needed all of the help we could get. Thanks to you, we had smooth sailing all of the way in and to our seats. We plan to return next year.

    From: Tom in Rockford, Illinois
    Date: May 24, 2002

    Nice job on your Web site! You really have some excellent information there.

    I used to go to the Indy 500 every year as a youth, but attended my last race in 1985; (I got rained out in 1986 and couldn't make it back the next weekend).

    I have had season tickets to the Brickyard 400 since the first race, but it's not "Indy".

    Well, last year I vowed to get back to Indy this year, and ordered 4 tickets for the 500. I was happy to get my initial round of tickets upgraded to the Northwest Vista section; I'm sure they won't be as good as my Brickyard tickets are... also in the Northwest Vista, (but much higher), but I'm excited to be going back again after so many years.

    We're leaving for the track tomorrow, Saturday... and I really enjoyed seeing your Web site and thinking about the great weekend ahead. I also printed out some of your parking information. Thanks again!

    From: Lindsay
    Date: May 18, 2002

    Your web site is the best web sites I have ever seen for an event, I read it every year; I would be lost if I did not have your web site to refer to. Thanks alot for all of your help, have a good day.

    From: Mike
    Date: May 14, 2002

    I am really enjoying your site. I like it better than the official sites I've looked at. The stories are great and I really like all the pics you take. I just moved to 14th street last September and I am looking forward to my first Indy living so close. Well I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your site. Take care, Mike

    From: Gena R
    Date: May 10, 2002

    Just wanted to drop you a note and say thank you for such a great tool! I have worked in the motorsports industry as Executive Assistant to Bill Donaldson ( while also, American Le Mans Series 2001 ( and currently NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway ( webmasters. I've shared your site with many of my colleagues and friends as motorsports is quite a large family. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or are looking for anything that I could help with. One addition you may want to consider is Fran-Am. ( I hear it's growing....

    Thanks again for making my life easier. Let me know if I can return it. Kind regards,

    From: B.J.
    Date: May 7, 2002

    that time of the year again. i was there in 1983 and cannot believe i've never been back. thank you for a great web site.

    Date: May 2, 2002

    Thanks for a great site, not just for selling tickets, but for a wealth of Indy info. One of the best sites on the net.

    From: Bob
    Date: April 23, 2002

    Thanks for having such an informative site. I have never been to the Speedway and you answered all of my questions. Well I am going to the Indy 500 for the first time this year and I want to get a great seat.

    From: Mark B. from Centennial, CO.
    Date: April 21, 2002

    Thanks very much for your excellent site and advice. I have found them very helpful--FAR more helpful than the official site!

    Again, thanks very much!

    From: Brem from Glasgow Scotland
    Date: April 14, 2002

    Happened upon your site when I was searching for a comparison of Formula 1, Cart, and Indycar. Your site came out number one on Google and when I visited the site it was just what I was looking for. Ten out of ten for your site content. Excellent.

    I was surprised about the differences in spending power between the formula one teams and the US format racing teams.

    You might be interested to know that driver salaries in Formula 1 are even higher now than when you put up your site, Schumaker makes a salary of $32Million (as opposed to his sponsorship deals which are many times his take-home pay from Ferrari), second highest is Villneuve on about $23 Million, avergare is around $5 - $8 Million a year with the lowest paid drivers such as McNish picking up $1.5 Million - there is a big article on this in Formula 1 magazine march issue.

    Today of course there was the IMOLA (so called San Marino although it takes place in Italy almost sixty miles from San Marino) Grand Prix.

    It is getting really boring for fans at the moment in Formula one as Ferrari are dominating everything and even within Ferrari, Schumaker is dominant over Barrichello. Maybe you could investigate the respective "COMPETITIVENESS" of each format, for sure Formula one only has only had about three teams in the last ten years who could realistically hope to win either the driver or constructor world champiopships.

    Anyway - liked your site. Have added it to my favourites.

    Kind regards

    From: Kristi P
    Date: Apr 13, 2002

    Thanks for your page it is full of great tips...this is my first year ever coming to the race and I am very excited about the whole thing...your page was a big help.

    We are driving down from Omaha, and it will be a long travel...but I am sure it will be worth it. Thanks again!

    From: Andrew S.
    Date: April 8, 2002

    Dan, enjoy your site. Helped me decide to finally get some tickets and go. Very much helped in understanding seating and 'how to do it'. This will be the first year for my wife and I. to Long Beach this weekend.

    From: Kurt
    Date: April 5, 2002

    Enjoyed your website while looking for the May schedule. Please delete Joe Heitzler's name as President of CART.

    From: Jamie from Birmingham, Alabama
    Date: April 4, 2002

    First of all, great website! I've been wandering through it, learning all I can about the 500 and how to get around. My wife gave me 2 tickets to this year's race for my 30th birthday, and we're very much looking forward to experiencing all we can.

    From: Paul
    Date: April 3, 2002

    Just wanted to drop you a note and tell you I love the web site. Me and my son went to brickyard for the first time last year and had a blast. Me and some friends are heading to the 500 this year. Your web page is a great help.

    From: Starr
    Date: April 3, 2002

    As a relatively new race fan, married to a fanatic, and a first Indy attendee, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your site is easy to navigate and s-o-o informative. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am very excited about this trip, and you have definitely made it so much easier for a first timer. I look forward to visiting your site many more times over the years. Thank you for all your effort and time, it is a sharp site.

    From: Walter in New Jersey
    Date: Mar 15, 2002

    Just wanted to say GREAT SITE!!! it is enjoyable to come to a sight where you can go through without constantly being bombarded with banner ads & other crap.

    From: Frank S.
    Date: Mar 14, 2002

    I want to thank you for the info on your web site. I'm anxious for the race this Memorial day.

    From: Alan from Portland Oregon
    Date: Mar 14, 2002

    Your site was a great help for me coming in last year. 1st beer is on me.

    From: Matt M. from Rome Georgia
    Date: Mar 13, 2002

    thanks for a great website! it was an invaluable help with attending my first 500 4 years ago. my first seats started low in stand h, and eventually ended up with row r- they were okay seats but the line they drive mostly makes all but the top of the car disappear behind the wall. this year i have stand a box 24 row h seats 1 and 2. what do you think? i know they are low, but i am just looking forward to a change of scenery. please include the doh! section again. it was great!

    From: Linda H. from California
    Date: Mar 13, 2002

    Your website is fabulous! You shoud be quite proud of it. I check something out on it every day.
    Thanks again for information and thanks for a great site.

    From: Mr. D.
    Date: Mar 11, 2002

    thanks for all your help yours is the coolest indy site out there. p.s. this will be my 9th 500. my son's 3rd. my one year old daughter will begin tallying up her 500's soon too!!! thanks to you and your site our indy experience is easy and educated. trying to find and experience everything on your own is quite challenging. you make it possible for out of towners and novices to get the most from there trip. keep up the good work.

    From: Brad in Greenwood Indiana
    Date: Mar 10, 2002

    What a great website! You provide an abundant of useful information! Thanks for your help. I am a mechanic for Cunningham/310 Racing and very excited about this years 500! Should be a great one!

    From: Fred M.
    Date: Mar 8, 2002

    Thanks for all the good information on your site. Most informative and most appreciated. The schedules are fantastic.

    From: Damon H. from California
    Date: Mar 7, 2002

    Your site is awesome! It is so full of resources that it is really the only place anyone needs to go to find out anything about the IRL or IMS. I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed it and appreciate the time and effort that you have put into it. It's at the top of my favorites list and I'll be visiting it often. Keep up the good work!

    I currently live in Southern California but I was born about an hour away from the track in Danville, Ill, so you know that the Indy 500 is in my blood. My parents and grandparents were huge fans of the race and they passed that on to me. My family eventually moved out west and I ended up missing the race 13 years in a row. I am proud to say that I have passed the passion for the 500 on to my wife, a native Southern Californian who had never even been in Indiana. Now she may be an even bigger fan than me. Every year since 1997 we make the trip to Indy for the race and we are very much looking forward to this years race, which is the reason that I was cruising the Internet for info. I got that itch! We attended the Test In The West here at California Speedway a few weeks ago and already have our tickets for the March 24th race. I can't wait for May!

    Anyway, thanks again for your site.

    From: Sandra M. from Michigan
    Date: Feb 27, 2002

    Love your web page. Am starting to get Indy fever, so I checked the page and saw the note that tickets have started to be mailed.

    [Indy is a family tradition that goes way back. My Dad and his Dad started it, always making a big deal out of listening or watching the replay in a Detroit movie house, but never made it to the race in person. Over the years, race day was always a big deal for us as a family. I realized a lifelong dream when I started taking Dad to the race in 1996.]

    From: Mr. D.
    Date: Feb 21, 2002

    you are the single most informed race fan! your sight is very nicely done, thanks. since i discovered your site in 1998 i've been getting good seats and enjoying the party and the race! you sent me acopy of the race one year and included some great extra footage. you mentioned having made a personal map, i would like a few specifics if that would be possible. i kno how prized that info must be. i plan to take my 16 year old stepson. we have gone twice before and it is a lot of fun for us. we are hoping to be able to get section E and knowing the section order would help us justify to mom the great expense i'm sure to face! what i would like to know is, ...
    hope it's not too much to ask. it would mean a lot. speaking of the extra footage on the vhs tape of the 98 race, that was sweet. it made me realize there was much more to indy than partying, the view from your seat inspired me to upgrade each year. the quality time with my stepson is priceless. thanks again for your help past and present. keep up the great work on the site.

    From: John F.
    Date: Feb 19, 2002

    My name is john and I found your web site last year when I took my son to the 500. We found tickets in the penthouse A, drivers meeting and victory dinner tickets. We had a great time. Part of the race we sat in pent E and that night sat with Mr. and Mrs. Dallara at dinner. Your web site helped me figure out now to have a great weekend. Thank You very much. All of your info was correct.

    From: Melanie from Atlanta Georgia
    Date: Feb 4, 2002

    Thanks for your very informative site. You told me a whole lot more than the "official" indy page.

    From: Angela
    Date: Feb 1, 2002

    I don't really know much about racing. I've been to the 500 three times. It has taught me to believe, without a doubt, in three things.

    Sunscreen, Tylenol, and Greg Ray.

    I just wanted to let you know that I stumbled upon your site at one in the morning and I really enjoyed it. I loved your pictures. I'm sure I'll think of them at the race this year. Thanks for the glimpse into the past.

    From: Chad C.
    Date: Jan 4, 2002

    I've been to the 500 three times and will be taking my family to the Brickyard 400 next August. I just wanted to say that your site is awesome and has helped me in so many ways. Keep up the good work! You have helped me decide where to sit, where to park and what else to do. Thanks!

    From: Karen H.
    Date: Jan 3, 2002

    Dan, Just wanted to say thanks for the Brickyard 400 information. You have exactly what I'm looking for! I used your site last year too & you came through for me again this year! Thanks again!

    Sincere thanks to all who write!

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