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    From: J & B Kentucky
    Date: June 3, 1999

    Sure enjoyed your website and the race was spectacular.............It was our 18th in a row. I sold tickets on your website and also have enjoyed pictures etc. Even was nice meeting the people at the race I sold them to on the internet, one guy tried to stiff me and not pick up the tickets I sent COD, but sold them to someone else. I realize this is not your fault at all; but just wanted to share my experiences with you. (I showed him)

    Looking forward to your website on the Brickyard; as we will also be there.

    From: J.L. Indiana
    Date: June 2, 1999

    I live about 20 miles due south on I-65 from the track. next time you go to the track try parking in the coke lot.

    We left home at 7:00 am went up I-65 to 30th street exit then west to the track, north forty off 30th street was full they sent us to the coke lot, parking at approx 07:50 had not problen getting parked we sat in N.W Vista and after the race we got back to our car at approx 2:45 and headed west out of the coke lot then north to 38th street to I-65 then south ariving home approx 3:30.

    I have parked in side, in the north forty, across 16th street at Allisions and the coke lot byfar has been the best to get in and out of. So I just wanted to let you know for info next time and it is free and they let you camp there also.

    As far as CART the IRL doesn't need them and rummor has it that Unser jr. will be back next year. This is the last year on his contract with Roger P.

    I think the IRL is good for this type of racing, it gives talent a chance, sprint and dirt drivers hope like the old days (50's and 60's) and not rich kids buying rides.

    Keep writing your site is good.

    From: K.D. Louisville Date: June 1, 1999

    Just wanted to drop you a line and say thanks for your website. Some friends and I had planned a trip for this year, but we canceled them on Wednesday before the race. Well, we were sitting at a bar drinking Saturday night and at about 3:00 am I looked at my friend Cloud and said, "Man, let's just go." It took some haggling, but he finally gave in when I told him that we had to do it for 3 reasons: 1) To prove to ourselves and to the world that we're not too old to be impulsive, 2) It's the last one of the 20th Century, and 3) So we would have something to tell our grandchildren about if we ever have them. "You know back in 1999 we were sitting in this bar and......" So, the theme for the day was "For Our Grandkids".

    So we left the bar and got changed, we were all pretty drunk, but I was in pretty good shape. I went home and got changed and took Cloud and his brother Nick home, and then we went by my friend Greg's so he could change. Greg was trashed because he was in a wedding earlier in the day. He still had his Tux on. We got out of Louisville at about 6:00am and got parked at about 8:00am (Louisville is on Eastern Time). We parked and everyone said they weren't going to drink for a while, but we all had to go to the bathroom and we stopped 5 minutes later and started drinking again. Thanks to your website, we knew exactly where to go once we got inside the infield.

    I had the most fun I have ever had in a single day. I've never seen a car move so fast! That was amazing. We were on the mound along the back straight. I wasn't real sure how well we'd be able to see, but the view was really good. We got some great pictures. We also made shirts. Theirs of course said "Show me your Tits", but mine said "Show Me Your Thong" and on the back it said "Do it and get a free beer (if a photo is taken)" Well, I got some great shots because I got more response from my shirt than they did from theirs. We kept having to go back to our area to get more beer because we kept getting takers on our offer. After a while we ran out of film and still got flashed for beer. It was simply a wild and amazingly fun time. WE WILL BE BACK!!! But your website was our primary source of information. Actually it was the only source, and it's because of your site that we didn't have to spend so much time wandering aimlessly trying to figure out where to go. Thank a lot, man. My friend Cloud is scanning some of our photos. If you'd like to see them or post them on your site, feel free to do so. We're going to make our own site, not just for Indy, but for all kinds of stuff. But thanks again man, you rock!!!

    From D.T. Wisconsin
    Date: June 1, 1999

    Great race, Hey? Too bad for Arie. We ended up getting tickets in Notheast Vista-Section 13-Row W. Unbelievable. Great seats. You were right. Those are the sweet spot of the turn. We scored the tickets on Saturday night about 11pm. We were perusing Georgetown Road when we spotted 2 guys with a pair of tickets. We saw Northeast Vista on them and it got our interest. They said they were great seats and were just trying to get face value for them. When we saw Section 13 Row W- we snapped them up so fast you wouldn't believe. The guys ended up sitting behind us and they were from our home state of Wisconsin. Go figure, huh? So that made our weekend. Had a great time. Again, thanks for the info and a great website. We hope to sit back there in 2000. Take care. Check back with you next year.

    Dave & John
    Indy since 1982

    From: M.R. Illinois
    Date: May 31, 1999

    Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your website. All of your information is right on. My husband and I started thinking of what we could do for our 5th Anniversary on Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday, May 24th. I had mentioned going to the Indy 500 since we live in Northern Illinois and it's only a 4 hour drive. My husbands reply was, "When's the race? We will never be able to get tickets when it's only a week away !!!!" With that, I stomped off, got on the internet and I was on a mission. Your website was the first I pulled up, and boy was I impressed. You told me everything I could possibly need to know! When my husband came in about an hour later to say, "Well, I guess we could go if we can somehow get tickets." All I had to do was bring up your site (it was already on my favorites list). I called GREAT SEATS on Tuesday on got really good tickets, using your guide of where the best seats are, of course. I printed out your pages of hotel listings and booked our hotel on Wednesday.(Which worked out great because with waiting until the last minute we did not have to book 2 or 3 nights we could get a room for just 1 night.) I printed out your maps and directions to the speedway, which I could not find in the atlas, it didn't even have Moller Rd. on the downtown map. You made everything so easy for us, and I just wanted to thank you! We had an awesome time and plan to go next year too! P.S. The titty pictures I could live without, but I guess that's a guy thing.

    From: M.M. California
    Date: May 31, 1999

    Just wanted to complement you on a great guide to the 500.

    I'm 32 now and have been wanting to attend the race for the last 20+ years but haven't made it yet from my home in California. Your site has given me a better idea of what to expect and what to plan for when the time comes.

    I'll make it out there yet!

    What a great race this year. I sure was glad to see A.J. back in Victory Circle with his driver.

    From: B.L. Alabama
    Date: May 24, 1999

    Enjoyed your site today. We will be there on Friday. I was born and lived in Indy until I was 22 and saw many race activities and races. I'm now 50 and in Birmingham, AL and this is our 3rd year in a row to trek north to attend--it's great to be back. Regarding the lady who wept---I always cry at the start, even when I'm only listening by radio.

    Thanks for the helpful information. I picked up many tips for next year. Only wish I had thought to visit your site sooner so I would have had time to get a reserved parking pass.

    From: E.S. Indianapolis
    Date: May 19, 1999

    Just wanted to let you know that I think you've created an excellent site for both the diehard fan the newest. Keep up the good work!!

    From: B.C.
    Date: May 19, 1999

    Hey Dan, Love your web site its the best I've ever seen, maybe that's because I've been going to Indy for almost 30 years. I live in New Albany IN. and just wanted to ask your advice. I have sat everywhere at the track and know the best areas to view. Your info is the most detailed I have ever seen. You must have spent many days at the track to figure out all of the high visibility areas. In 86 there were about 40 or 50 of us from Southern Indiana with 7 kegs of beer in 1 pickup truck. Boy was that a wild one.

    PS aaannnd heeee's on it , INDY "99"

    From: J in Caduz KY
    Date: May 18, 1999

    Sure am enjoying your website and been successful in selling some of our extra 500 tickets on it. This will be our 18th year in a row; lived in Indy for 15 years.

    GO PACERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From: M.
    Date: May 13, 1999

    Great site!
    My wife and I will be attending our first 500. We are from Georgia and there seems to be some confusion as to what time zone Indianapolis is in. Would the time on the ticket be the same time as here in Georgia? Your site has been invaluable to us indy virgins-thanks!

    Indiana is unique in that we do not use DayLight Savings Time. During May, we are on the same time as surrounding states who are EST.

    From: D.D.
    Date: May 11, 1999

    Cool site Dan !
    I have been coming every year since 1986. Sure would like to see little Al and the boys back at the brick yard.

    From: Indy87
    Date: May 10, 1999

    I live in Dallas Texas and am a rather young kid. I am the all time Indy fan, Knowing every winner from any year! I watch the 92 Indy 500 every day when I come home from school. My parents think I am a nut! I am finally going to the 500 this year for the first time, I even made a special suit for my big event! Every time I hear Back Home Again In Indiana I start to tear up. I really hate what Tony is doing to this blessed day. Its not even the month of May any more its the 2 weeks of May. I really want to see footage of Danny Ongais (81)..very nasty shunt! and Gordon Smiley in 82 (death). If you can e-mail me with directions on how to get footage I would really appreciate it!
    Unsers are the kings!!!!!!!

    From: T.
    Date: May 3, 1999

    I have been going to the 500 for 20 years and I would like to comment you on how well you have put this website together. You are right on the money! I especially liked your message board for tickets. I sent mail to two people on there who had tickets for sale. I only have one question though, how is payment usually made and have you experienced any scams. I live in Pennsylvania and I am just a little concerned about sending money before getting the tickets. Please respond and keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!

    Since the seller and buyer does not know each other, the best method would be for the seller to send the tickets C.O.D.

    From: S.
    Date: May 1, 1999

    Thanks for setting up this web site! You have provided a lot of great info that I couldn't find anywhere else.

    From: D.M.
    Date: April 28, 1999

    This is a totally awesome site! I've been to 23 500's and all the Brickyard races. My 500 seats are in NE Vista. Before the race we usually park on Midvale Av. It's near 30th & Georgetown. Often 38th St. is closed from 465 eastbound to G'town. I usually get off at Lafeyette and go SE to G'town.

    From: J.L.
    Date: April 28, 1999

    This was a good website, nice pictures too. My Dad lives two blocks from the track, so I would know, the 500 is awesome.

    From: J.T.
    Date: April 24, 1999

    Thank you for all the information. I just moved to Indianpolis and am looking forward to all the activities surrounding the 500 in the month of May. Your site has been the best source of information on schedules, history and traditions. (Much more helpful than SpeedNet) I've enjoyed looking it over a great deal.

    From: M.H.
    Date: April 10, 1999

    I must have looked for an hour trying to find the info on hotels, Tips Etc.
    I think A link to your page from is required!

    One question if you have a chance to answer: Video Cameras? I know I can bring in a Camera. But how about video?
    Yes, you can film all the video you like during the race or anytime.

    From: B.C.
    Date: April 3, 1999

    Nice site I will be attending Indy for the first time this year and this will be a great help.

    From: B.R.
    Date: March 24, 1999

    What a great site. Because of the information provided on these pages I feel confident to pay a visit to Indy.

    From: R.E.
    Date: March 17, 1999

    Thanks for your most enjoyable Website on The Greatest Spectacle in Racing!

    From: N.
    Date: March 16, 1999

    This is the greatest site on Indy!! Our company VP is coming to the INdy 500, and I was searching for info for him. This was wonderful and very informative. Having never been to the 500 in the 3 years I have lived here, this has helped me know more about it and now I will be anxious to attend. Thanks so much!!

    From: J.P.
    Date: March 14, 1999

    Liked your website. Re-think your rating of B Stand. Up high, they're the finest seats in the house. You can see loads of pit action, and Turn One.

    Anyway, see you in May!

    From: P.C.
    Date: Mar 7, 1999

    aloha from hawaii.
    we really like your site...very informative...
    the reason we hit it is that f-1 is comming to indy in 2000... we're(my wife and i) are f-1 fans.

    From: O.G.
    Date: Dec 4, 1998

    Hi there!
    I just wanted to congratulate you on what I believe to be the best Indy 500 Site I have encountered to date. I have been trying to get definitive information for an overseas friend as where/when/how much etc and it was like banging my head on a wall.
    Thanks again!!

    From: J.C. Savannah, Georgia
    Date: Dec 3, 1998

    You have a great web page. It's much less sterile than the official sites and more real.

    From: D.
    Date: Nov 10, 1998

    Very cool. Good site

    From: W.K.
    Date: September 7, 1998

    Thanks, and Congrats, from Sports Site of the Nite.
    We really enjoyed your site, and wanted to share it with our audience. We're "Sports Site of the Nite"

    Your site was selected as Sports Site of the Nite for it's interesting and valuable content, and we hope our audience thoroughly enjoys it.

    Congratulations, and keep up the good work!

    From: A.C. Tasmania
    Date: July 2, 1998

    Greetings Dan from Down Under Down Under

    (Tasmania is a State of Australia and we are located underneath the big Island of Aust., hence we are down under the big Down Under!).

    Thanks for your message and more so now that I can relate to who Dan is. After sending off my request to Indy 500 etc I found your page and printed several of them off to show to our travelling compatriots so then it was necessary to sit down with a cold one or three and have a good laugh at the contents. We really enjoyed reading
    How to choose your seats and where to get tickets
    How to get around - maps and parking
    Tips for visitors
    Food and drink to bring
    What to take to the track, etc. Great stuff!.

    We are looking forward to seeing the infield - guess we will have to wear the dark sunnies so the birds won't be able to see in which direction we are having a quiet look (particularly after we send our wives off to get some more cold Fosters for us!). Who knows - it could be a case of us actually being in the right place at the right time when the " S.U.Y.T" is called!.

    Before doing anything I will wait to see if I hear back from the Indy office - no doubt they would reply to foreigners who actually speak the same lingo!. You mentioned scalpers - it is an illegal practice in Australia to sell tickets that way although it goes on albeit openly at big events such as the AFL football grand final etc, the Indy Grand Prix, Aust. Grand Prix etc. Went to Surfers Paradise in Queensland some 4 years ago and saw Nigel Mansell win his first F1 Indy race - only about 100K in attendance at that but really something to see.

    Will also check out your web page on the address you gave etc. It was also reported in the papers here about the proposal of getting an F1 race at Indianapolis in the year 2000 - promoted right it would be a massive event, and no doubt you guys know how to do it!.

    Thanks again for your advice and assistance, will keep an eye on your web pages and other advice you offer etc - cheers

    From: Melissa in Malibu, CA
    Date: June 3, 1998

    WOW!! If only I had discovered you a few weeks ago! I took my Dad to the Indy 500 for his 50th birthday, and although our weekend was fantastic and experiencing the race was incredible... many of your tips would have been helpful! We had great seats in the paddock (right above Eddie Cheever's pit!), we had the right clothes, brought our own food, etc. etc.... but I would have LOVED to have had a radio with headphones tuned in! Whether or not we would have looked like geeks - how nice it would have been to know what was going on outside of the stretch between turn 4 and turn 1!!

    Thank you for a great website! I've taken notes... next year is sure to be even better! Best regards

    From: J.D. Fort Myers, FLA
    Date: June 2, 1998

    Nice job. You've not only "been there" - you've done a ton of research, too...

    ...Gentlemen, light 'em up. I still get excited even with all the politics and BS. It's still THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 MILE RACE. Nothing else like it in the world. I'll be back one of these days. Enjoy the race. Show us your . . . .

    From: Capt. R.D.
    Date: May 25, 1998

    I enjoyed your website very much. Kudos to you for putting in the effort to create such a helpful site. I was primarily looking for ticket information but found so much more. I'm a native hoosier and a Air Force B-2 Stealth pilot. My dad and I have been die-hard Indy fans for years but have never actually gone to the race. I'd love to surprise him by taking him next year. I'd appreciate any helpful hints on locating good tickets for next years race in addition to the phone numbers already posted within your site.

    Thank You,

    From: L.
    Date: May 22, 1998

    Great web site! Gave me some insights as a first-timer to Indy.

    From: M.M. California
    Date: May 22, 1998

    I have yet to make it to the 500 from here in CA but your page was very informative. Hope to make it out there for the race soon. thanks for all your information.

    From: England
    Date: May 21, 1998

    excellent site! Thanks for the info. I am coming from England to attend the race. I'm much less apprehensive after reading through your site. Thanks.

    From: J.B. Indianapolis
    Date: May 21, 1998

    I enjoyed your page and put the link on my page as I think people will enjoy it. Here is the link to my page
    Jeff B1057's Home Page
    , which needs to be updated badly but as of now I'm without scanner capabilities.

    I really enjoyed your tales of the old Speedway experiences, it brought back some good old memories, unfortunatley I can't quite remember all of the details I'm sure you understand.

    If you get a chance before the race walk over to the 3rd turn and look me up I'm a photographer for AP out at the track. I will be in a white dodge van with the name BATHCREST on it. It won't be hard to find if you look right behind the bleachers and east of the tunnel. Come on over and say hi I'll introduce you around.

    Well gotta go so I can get up for carb day. Hope to see you at the race

    BTW here is the Roe-Durant 97 crash
    [He sent me 3 great pictures! -Check out my 98 journal under cool tales.]

    From: D.A.
    Date: May 21, 1998

    Thanks very much for the information on your page. This is my first race and I'm very excited to attend it. It sounds like a great time. The maps will help alot because I'll be coming in from out of town.

    Thanks again.

    From: T.C.
    Date: May 21, 1998


    Found your site via a Yahoo search. Awesome, man. Going to my first 500 this weekend, your site is very helpful for an out of towner. Much better than the IMS's homepage. See ya there.

    From: T.P. Austin TX
    Date: May 20, 1998

    Your un-official Indy 500 homepage has given me more info as far as tickets and event schedules than the OFFICIAL home page. Too bad they have to learn the hard way of what info people want when surfing the net.

    Great Job

    From: Beth
    Date: May 20, 1998

    A friend of mine just won tickets today for the 500 and she wanted me to look up some information about the race for her because she has never been. I found your sight in my search and luckily it was the first one I went to and I found out all the info she was after. Thank you, for a great sight

    From: T.S. Toms River, New Jersey
    Date: May 17, 1998

    Hey, great site! I especially love the Food * Drink Page - specifically the "beer rules". That's the hardest kind of information to find out, when you've never been to an event previously. My friends and I are making the pilgrimage this year all the way from NJ.

    From: A.C.
    Date: April 12, 1998

    I'm new to Indy and your pages have been informative and helpful. Also, very well put together. I took your bar advice and liked Broadripple so much I got a house there. So, take heart, there are folks out there who actually appreciate your work!
    Take it easy.

    From: S.M. Indianapolis
    Date: August 26, 1997

    Hey there, great page on indy nightlife. The following are some BroadRipple updates from a veteran:
    Well, I think that's all of 'em. You've done a great job here. Do you make a living doing this ....reviewing bars??? If so, I am changing careers! You must have the world's most killer job!!! Thanks, keep up the good work.

    From: B.G.
    Date: March 31, 1997

    Thanks, Plat! You are the only place in Indy I have found that gave me anywhere close to the info I seek. I hope you're makin' $$ at this (or is it a labor of love?)"....

    I appreciate your efforts! Wish there was somehting just like it in Cols. Maybe you can franchise? :) Oh yes, if you want me to market your site as a place for vacationers to visit, I'll be glad to.

    Take care!

    From: S.Z. Lexinton, Kentucky
    Date: April 09, 1997

    I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that you've done a great job on concept and layout of your site. I'm from Kentucky, and needed to collect info on Indianapolis for a band that I manage. Great, Great job!

    Your work is appreciated,
    Asgard Music

    From: C.B.
    Date: May 11, 1997

    Great web page! Are you programming in V8?? My company is a Progress Developement shop (V8) and I was interested in your page. I was looking for a map of the track to see where we are sitting. We are in the Press Paddock Penthouse. We have complimentary tickets from a Vendor. Do you happen to know where our seats would be and the best parking strategy?? Thanks.

    From C.K. St. Louis, Missouri
    Date: May 24, 1997

    Just thought I'd send you a comment about your page. It is probably the best I've found on the Indy 500. I have been going for 10 years now and since I am from St. Louis I am going to the Motorola 300 then travelling to Indy for the 500. What a weekend. Just thought I'd say thanks. The links page you have helped me find the frequencys I needed.

    Sincere thanks to all who have written!

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