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

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

Green folding chairs

There is just something about those green folding chairs that we will all miss. The ongoing grandstand renovation project will eliminate most of these nostalgic green chairs. They date back to the 1950s. They replaced wooden chairs that were once used for the same purpose. They were used in the Penthouse upper decks (E stand, … More Green folding chairs

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!?!