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    From: M.B. from Kentucky
    Date: May 16, 05

    You have a great site. It has been really informative.

    From: J.P. from Las Vegas
    Date: May 16, 05

    Hi dan, just wanted to drop u a note to thank you for the great job u do with your site.. i'm a chicago native transplanted to las vegas aproxx 13 yrs now but every year as may aproaches that little voice inside becomes louder and louder the goose bumbs grow larger and the mind starts to calculate with the ambition of a third world dictator How will i make it to a place that i concider to be THE most special in universe.... 16th & georgetown at least for a couple of days in may... just to put it in perspective i can only compare it to the calling (that i'm told) of a arab to meca... same difenence to me... indy in may is just as holy and sacred and i'm just as devoted .... (yea i'm still a little pissed about the split and allowing F1&nascar on sacred ground.. but thats a Whole different disscusion ) but reflecting on past years of memories (more like flashbacks) its good to know that someone other than myself feels the magic that radiates from the most holyest place i know and takes the time to guide and help the flock find the holy land....ok now i think i have my rapture under control(;.>) last year i bailed after 4 hours convinced that there was no way they would ever get the track dry before the next showers and decided to visit friends out on 41st street till the weather subsided (plus i needed a COLD beer) and planned on a monday race not my first but i was still riding on one of my greatest acomplishments.. twenty odd years in the making i finnally beat the gate and got in to gasoline alley that alone would have been enough but then i 'm cutting through the restriced parking lot and who do i run into but someone i've seen from behind a waist high fence every may since i was waist friend and his son were dumbfounded and i finally got to thank and speak to someone i've watched and admired for over 30 yrs... just goes to show ya GOD is definitly a fan of openwheel racing and just like me he loves indy in may....(now if he would just talk to the devil about not fixing the nascar race in august so gordon dosent win and talk to the powers that be to let tony do the double every year till he's 70...sorry i get a little carried away sometimes) but my note seems to have turned into a letter but in conclusion iwould not only like thank you again but i would be honored to buy you a beer friday night or sat at a watering hole of your choice... besides this year me and my partner in crime are bringing the rv and stayin till they ask us to leave or when we sober up monday night and would like find a place we can call home (and stumble back to the rig from )since we finnally dont have to fight traffic on the way back to chicago... we gonna be in lot three on 16th and i'll gladly return the favor if you ever come to any guidance is appreciated and i hope to be able to buy you a cold one (or ten) in 2 weeks ... thank you

    From: M.H.
    Date: May 9, 05

    What an incredible service you provide, especially for those of us who are not very familiar with the IMS.

    From: M.H.
    Date: May 8, 05

    Just want to let you know your website has been very helpful to me planning my first trip to Indy.

    From: B.N.
    Date: Apr 25, 05

    Love the site Dan, I check it out every year and have always found great tickets at a great price.

    From: B.L.
    Date: Apr 11, 05

    I just recently discovered your is by far the best and most comprehensive fan site I have ever seen. I'm sure this must take you endless hours of work to set it up and keep it up to date. .....job WELL done!

    From: Jeff in Minnesota
    Date: Apr 9, 05

    Hello Dan. I think you have a great page. So much info on the 500. I been going since 1976. Finally have 4 seats in B-Penthouse box 21. I did use your page to sell two of them, gone in a day. The pics you have in Stand E box 4, what a view. Keep up the great work.

    From: Tom
    Date: Apr 9, 05

    You don't know me -- I don't know you. That having been said, my friend Glenn sent me a link to your site and I saw a picture of the "SARAH SLEPT HERE" sign that I made and erected on the tent that was on top of our RV in the COKE Lot. I saw lots of people taking pictures of it -- Now I know who ONE of you are!!!

    (You owe me royalties of 2˘each for every person who has since visited your website) -- Ha!

    That was the first year for CAMP and BREW (it rhymed with 2002) and we since have done it bigger and better in 03 and 04. We will again be there, on the corner of the COKE Lot entrance. You are welcome to join us anytime after Thursday 8am for a brew. Last year, we tapped 3 kegs. It's on a voluntary donation basis and any extra money we collect goes to Brian's Wish Charity. Last year we gave about $1,600 -- We get lots of people coming.

    More info can be found here: and Just thought I'd drop you a line and let you know we enjoyed your site.

    From: J.B. from England
    Date: Apr 5, 05

    Reading the reviews on your site has helped me tremendously in narrowing down the places I’d like to view the Grand Prix from. Truly amazing site! Keep up the good work. I’ve been searching for ages to try and find seating help for the Grand Prix!

    From: Mitch
    Date: April 1, 05

    Dan, I want to say great job on the web site. I stumbled across this one day, I like all the info about the Indy 500 and the history. Kudos' to you.

    From: Capt U.S.A.F.
    Date: Mar 29, 05

    Thanks much! Just wanted to let you know that my father and I love your site and think is a great benefit to all true Indy fans…

    From: B.H.
    Date: Mar 22, 05

    I've just discovered your web site - it's terrific, thanks for all the work

    From: S.D. from Washington
    Date: Mar 15, 05

    I just wanted to say thanks for your wonderful Web site! There's so much information and it's so helpful.

    From: P.L.
    Date: Mar 9, 05

    I have found your site to be very helpful.

    From: J.G. from Toronto
    Date: Feb 27, 05

    What a great and informative website. I am so glad to have come upon it in my search for information on the June USGP. Your pictures are very helpful. Your website provides lots of insight into the whole speedway and the photos are terrific.

    From: R.H. from Charleston IL
    Date: Feb 25, 05

    I just discovered your website, and it is great. Keep up the great work.

    From: M.W. from Lafayette IN
    Date: Feb 19, 05

    Thank you very much! Your explanation about car racing seating is just fantastic!

    From: D.C. from Toronto
    Date: Feb 12, 05

    Thanks for the great web site.

    From: P.C. from Indianapolis
    Date: Feb 2, 05

    Thanks for the informative website--it's great!

    From: Walter in New Jersey
    Date: Jan 18, 05

    Your site is great. I have told many people about it and everyone raves about it.

    From: Dan in IL
    Date: Jan 9, 05

    I ran through your web page, it is very informative. You really know your way around the track.

    2004 Letters

    From: JK
    Date: Dec 6, 04

    Thanks for having such a great website devoted to racing. I have used it for the last several years to pick seats, etc. Thanks for the help. And keep up the great "website" work.

    From: M.C.
    Date: Nov 30, 2004

    Thank you for the great information on your website. I had purchased tickets for my husband for Christmas (our first time to attend the 500).

    Well, after seeing your website, I also purchased a lap sponsorship for him. He will be thrilled. If was not for your website, I would not have known this was even possible.

    Thanks so much for all great info!

    From: J.A.
    Date: Nov 30, 2004

    First of all I want to say thank-you for all the work you've done on your website. It's been a huge help. I went to my first 500 last year and sat in the first row of the North Vista. It was awesome. This year for Christmas I bought my brother, dad, and grandfather tickets to see the race. Hopefully it will be a trip we make every year.

    From: J.L.
    Date: Oct 27, 2004

    I just wanted to send an e-mail thanking you for the great site. My 10 yr son and I decided to attend the USGP next year and I was having a difficult time deciding where to sit. We decided to sit in stand H thanks to your comments. I am enjoying looking through your website in general. One question that I have is what camera and lens combo were you using to take the pictures from the Paddock Penthouse during the 2003 USGP?

    I used an Olympus Camedia C-2100 Ultra-Zoom digital camera

    From: M.C. from Springfield IL
    Date: Aug 4, 2004

    I like your site. Very informative.

    From: M.R.
    Date: July 26, 2004

    I really enjoy your page. Especially the description of your trips to the speedway. Going to 400 for first time.

    From: J.S. #186
    Date: July 16, 2004

    Thanks again for your service to race fans. I have used you for both Indy cars and NASCR. WE got great seats this year.

    From: L
    Date: June 17, 2004

    Your web site ir really great. Your seating chart is awsome. I use it every year when I go to buy tickets off of ebay.

    From: RC
    Date: June 10, 2004

    hi there. nice/informative site you have. (i found it linked through i enjoyed the "f1 vs indycar" comparision. i'm headed to my 5th usgp next week. i saw you had some pictures of the track from different seating.

    From: PT from Manchester England
    Date: June 4, 2004

    i must thankyou for putting together a very good web page an informative and interesting read.

    From: LG from California
    Date: June 1, 2004

    Great website! I've been a 500 fan since my Dad and I enjoyed it for years on the radio in the early '60's.

    Just a little report from this Indy 500 newby: I had a fantastic time at the race. Our seats (with welcome backrests!), to me, were perfect: High, covered, view of the straight all the way to the scoring pylon and including the start/finish, view of the pits, particularly Buddy Rice's and good view all the way to the Penske pits, view of the cars leaving the pits, view of entering the first turn all the way to entering the second turn and a bit of the back stretch.

    It was a long day, but a dream fulfilled! I hope to return some day. I took the bus ride around the track after visiting the great museum on Monday, just to see where I'd like to sit next. In my humble opinion, my 2004 seats were great, but it may be nice to sit high, under cover, as far into turn one as possible. I think you'd get a good head-on view of the cars coming down the straight and really see the action in the turn. Of course, no pit views. Another choice spot, to me, is a good view of turn four, were most of the mishaps seem to take place. It's odd that the accidents all seem to be going into turn one and coming out of turn four. Any rationale for that?

    I think you website should emphasize the earplugs. I took them, but they were barely adequate to dampen the outrageous noise. Also, you might wish to recommend the kind of headphones that are sound-blocking. I had "ear buds" but could not stand the engine noise w/o my ear plugs and the "ear buds" did not transmit enough of the radio sounds. A difficult situation. I would definitely emphasize the seat pads, too. I had one, but would not have enjoyed eight hours of a wooden bench! You might tell your readers which seats have backs or not. No back = misery!

    The "Brickyard Box Lunch", for your website's info, was adequate. I think buying food at the stands would be better. (The chicken was so-so)

    Speaking of Indy food, we could not buck the lines at St. Elmo's, but had a great dinner at Mo's Steakhouse and, the next night, at Dunaways. Did we hit good spots? (The meals were very expensive by Los Angelee standards!)

    Indy's a great town and the event was wonderful. Thank you for your assistance!

    From: MS
    Date: June 1, 2004

    I am a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, and I really enjoyed your site.

    From: DB in Ohio
    Date: May 28, 2004

    Thanks once again for this site. Since I'm sort of a veteran 500-mile race visitor, folks have asked and I've sent them to your site which I think is the best one-stop shop for information, etc.

    From: BA
    Date: May 28, 2004

    Your wed site has been a good advertisement for us.. Thanks. Where and how do we contribute a donation? Have a great race

    From: JG
    Date: May 27, 2004

    I just found your site and think its GREAT !! I was wondering about the '75 Sneva pics you have. Is there anyway that you know of that I can get prints of these? If so please let me know. I hope you enjoy the race.

    From: JB
    Date: May 26, 2004

    I really like your website, and appreciate the information you've got there. It's practical and useful info that you can't find anywhere else.

    From: KB
    Date: May 24, 2004

    Thanks for all the effort you put into your site-it's great, and obviously many people use it and enjoy it-including myself. Keep up the great work!

    From: SS
    Date: May 23, 2004

    I got the tickets. Your web site is awsome !!!!!!!

    From: BP from Ohio
    Date: May 23, 2004

    I appreciate your informative website on the USGP.

    From: LG from California
    Date: May 21, 2004

    Great website! I've been a 500 fan since my Dad and I enjoyed it for years on the radio in the early '60's. Now, I'm going!

    From: RR
    Date: May 19, 2004

    We want to thank you for your site and let you know that we enjoy it very much. As a native Hoosier from Kokomo recently transplanted to Chicago, it makes me want to hit I-65 south and return to the Greatest Spectacle and Party in the US!

    From: GB
    Date: May 18, 2004

    thanks for your website, it has been very helpful.

    From: MM
    Date: May 13, 2004

    I came across your site and it is great!! You have a lot of info for people who have never attended the races.

    From: RA in Missouri
    Date: May 12, 2004

    I just wanted to take a moment and thank you kindly for your incredible website! It's invaluable for a fan who comes in for the race from out of town and I really appreciate it! I've been to the, "500" on many occasions, but, notwithstanding my so called, "experience" (i.e. trial and error, mostly error) I managed to learn a few things from your website. Thanks to you, I may actually come home with a little money this year!

    From: PB
    Date: May 8, 2004

    Dan, my tickets sold in one day!
    As always, thanks for your help. You have the best IndyCar site out there.

    From: Brandon in California
    Date: May 5, 2004

    Dan, first off I just wanted to tell you that you have a wonderful site. Let me just say your website has made my life easier. For the past five years I have went to the California Speedway for the Winston Cup and this year Nextel Cup races. I am a huge Nascar fan. Anyhow My girlfriend and I have decided for our anniversary to attend the Brickyard 400 in August at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I am thrilled. Being that this will probably be my lone experience at the track I want to have a great time and really see it all that weekend. Your site has helped me a lot.

    From: BP in Australia
    Date: , 2004

    G'day DAN
    Nice site mate, also VERY informative.

    My wife & I are flying out from AUSTRALIA to see the INDY 500. We have already purchased tickets and car pass.

    I was a flag marshall for the first 5 INDY races for the AUSTRALIAN INDYCAR.

    From: Cobus in South Africa
    Date: Apr 27, 2004

    I must congratulate you on a wonderfully compiled web site. A friend, George, and I are coming to the US F1 Grand Prix and we found the information most useful. The two of us are motor and motorcycle racing fanatics and try to attend as many races as possible. Living in the southern tip of South Africa means we are isolated from the rest of the world and adds to the difficulty of having to travel long distances to see international events. We have been to the Malaysian F1 GP in Kuala Lumpur twice. Fortunately we can drive about 700 miles to see the South African Moto GP motorcycle race in the central part of our country.

    From: LD in Colorado
    Date: , 2004

    I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your website about IRL/CART/F1 racing. I learned a lot by reading through it this morning. I've recently become interested in F1 racing after seeing my company (hp) pour sponsorship $$$ into the BMW/Williams team cars. I am considering coming to the US F1 race in June.

    From: TK
    Date: Apr 20, 2004

    Thank you, your site is a great resource that I have used for years!

    From: Bob
    Date: Apr 20, 2004

    Thank you. You have a GREAT website. See you next month!

    From: John
    Date: Apr 18, 2004

    I wanted to thank you. I had a hard time finding stuff on the web about the Indy 500 and your journal & FAQ's were straight forward and really helped me out.

    From: RY from California
    Date: Apr 7 , 2004

    Just want to thank you for your informative and enjoyable site on the Indy track. We will be attending the F1 race there this year and, being we've never been there before, are looking for something to tell us about the track. Your site tells me more than any "official" one, so I just want to pass along our appreciation for your help in finding a good spot to view the race.

    From: Judy
    Date: Mar 15, 2004

    I just wanted to tell you I just discovered your website about the IMS and autoracing. You have done a terrific job. You, obviously like I , are "hooked" on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and on autoracing in general.

    I love the Tales from the Track section. I would like to write a tale as well to submit. It will take more time than I have right now on the computer.

    I have attended every Indy 500 since 1961 when I was a freshman in high school. My line is A.J. Foyt has only been there three more years than I have. Indy's 88th 500 Mile Race is May 30, 2004 (it is nice to have it on the "Real Decoration Day" again). It will be my 44th. That means I will have seen half of all of the Indy 500s every run. I think that is pretty cool.

    Back in 1978, I wrote an article about my years/memories about the Indy 500. I have that article now in a Microsoft Word format. It has been a while since I have looked at it. I will try to review it and send it to you. I would like to share it with you personnally and then if you think it would be an addition to your website, you would be welcome to use it. I never have updated it since 1978. I am not sure I even could--- too many things have happened since then.

    Anyway, again I think what you have done is terrific. Obviously, a labor of love to a place we both love, as well as a lot of other folks as evidenced by "tales from the track."

    From: Nancy
    Date: Feb 22, 2004

    Hi Dan, thanks for the great website. I have waited 9 years to get tickets in the Paddock for the Brickyard 400 and was trying to explain the excitement I was feeling over actually getting them for this year. I have been working my way to these, with 4 years in the NE Vista working toward the top. But at my age, the heat/sun is TOO much. Do you know if we will be in the more shaded area with SO 5, BB seats in the Paddock? (YES) Also, chairs or bench seats? (BENCH) I can't find a more detailed seating map and don't remember the sections there. Thanks for your time, keep up the good work,

    From: Mike
    Date: Feb 10, 2004

    I just found your site, for the first time, today. I have been looking around the contents for a little while now, and have found it very interesting. I have added it to my favorites, and will return again soon. Thanks for taking the time to create a very informative, impartial, and interesting site.

    From: Elize
    Date: Feb 10, 2004

    My name's Elise LeBlanc, and I'm a writer for Ambassadair Journey Travel Magazine.

    I'm working on an article about Good To Know information on the 500 race weekend. Oddly, your webpage is the only one I can find that has good tips on "how to survive" - not even was as useful. Would it be alright if I used a good portion of your tips, as long as they are attributed to you and your website?

    Also, I was wondering what inspired you to make this website and how it is funded, since it's not affiliated with IMS or IRL. I particularly liked the 500's Evolution Through the Decades - how long have you been attending the 500 that you know so much about it? This article ended up in their magazine and on the web at:
    Ambassadair's Journey

    Sincere thanks to all who write!

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