Trackside

    Downloads of episodes of “Trackside with Curt Cavin & Kevin Lee” from WFNI. 2008 Trackside 4-17-2008: Kevin Kalkoven, Dave Lewandowski 4-24-2008: Danica Patrick, Thomas Scheckter 5-01-2008: Dan Wheldon 5-07-2008: Bobby Rahal 5-14-2008: Scott Dixon, Justin Wilson, Ed Carpenter 5-20-2008: Eddie Cheever, Jay Penske, JR Hildebrand 5-28-2008: Listener calls and e-mails     2009 … More Trackside

Site upgrades

I am pleased to announce that significant upgrades to the site, particularly the audio downloads are currently underway. You may have noticed already some of the changes. The audio downloads are being migrated to a new, more efficient and more user-friendly server. The issues over the past year or so having to do with downloads … More Site upgrades

The Balloon Spectacle

One of the long-standing pre-race traditions at the Indianapolis 500 is the Balloon Spectacle. Thousands of multi-colored, helium-filled balloons are released into the air above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The tradition dates back to the late 1940s. Anton “Tony” Hulman Jr. bought the Speedway in November 1945, shortly after the conclusion of World War II, … More The Balloon Spectacle

The Grass Strip

In 1957, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway underwent a major improvement along the frontstretch pit lane. Prior to 1957, the pit area was located along the inside of the mainstretch, and was not physically separated from the racing surface. Cars would simply pull over to the inside to be serviced. In the interest of safety and … More The Grass Strip

The new garages are…over 30 years old!?!

First published in 2016 Consider yourself somewhat fortunate if you had the privilege to see first-hand the old garages that stood at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway until 1985. The iconic green and white barn doors defined Gasoline Alley for many decades, including what most consider the “golden age” of Indianapolis. But as we approach the … More The new garages are…over 30 years old!?!

The Fastest 500s (Part 2)

The race record for the Indianapolis 500 was set in 2013 by Tony Kanaan (average speed 187.433 mph). The race featured a 133-lap caution free segment that spanned from lap 61 through 193, which greatly aided in the exceptional average speed. Two late-race caution periods stymied the torrid pace over the final seven laps, however. … More The Fastest 500s (Part 2)

The Fastest 500s (Part 1)

When it comes to fast races at Indianapolis, lately they’ve come in pairs. Case in point, 1990-1991, 2011-2012, and 2013-2014 (and perhaps even 2018-2019). Of those recent years, the four fastest Indy 500s to date have the unique distinction of being held in consecutive pairs, and have curious similarities. The race record for the Indianapolis … More The Fastest 500s (Part 1)