I have received an invitation from the United States Auto Club (USAC) to volunteer a few upcoming events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this summer. The events include a number of racing series and styles of racing that others may be interested in so I would love to extend the invitation here to marshals reading my blog.
May 8, 9, 10: IndyCar will be running the Road Course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as one of two events at this venue, the second being the traditional running of the Indianapolis 500 around the oval for which marshals aren’t used. At least not us volunteers.
July 24, 25: Tudor United Sports Car Championship will be run around the Road Course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway same as the Rolex Series ran it for the past few years. I have participated in this event a few years ago and had a genuinely good time.
August 8, 9, 10: MotoGP will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway to run the Road Course in the other direction which brings a great deal of spectators to Speedway, Indiana as well as bikers in general to downtown Indianapolis. I’ve done this event for the past two years and the level of enthusiasm from the MotoGP crowd is amazing. Highly recommend.
I would strongly encourage anyone able to or interested in volunteering any of the above mentioned events to go ahead and register. If you need a recommendation I am happy to provide one. Keep in mind that there is a processing fee associated with volunteering for USAC events. However, you get your money’s worth with event branded clothing, a welcoming dinner and the privilege of working at a world class facility.
For more info visit: http://www.usacworker.com/ or http://www.motogpworker.com/
I am inspired by the wonderful photos from our papparazzo Misty to share a few thougths on this weekend, and the fun we had hanging out with her, Felix and Aaron downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
This trip too, was one of the few I’ve done lately that actually involved driving a proper “Road Trip” I set out on a 1,500 mile drive in my old 150,000 mile Jeep… and that in itself was an adventure. Especially discovering new gear oil smells along the way, or the obviously leaking tire that warranted the use of the spare on the drive home.
The racing on our station was uneventful. That was my fault, while we are allowed to request stations, I left that option open hoping for the best. And turn 12 seems miles away from the actual course, where nothing happened. But everyone I’ve spoken with suggested there were great moments, including a few track records set over the weekend. We did have an ambulance stationed with us, and a recovery truck that picked up a number of bikes from turn 10 before us, that was really the only action we saw.
I camped at the track for the first time, which was quite exciting. Though the camping area lacked showers. But other than that it was very convenient being so close to the track, I didn’t have to use my Jeep all weekend. My buddy Felix put my guest pass to good use inviting Misty and Aaron to join us for some fun downtown Indy. There was a tremendous amount of bikes in town, and lots of motorcycle fans enjoying the ambiance. I had a great time.
Now here’s some photos courtesy of Misty:
We got to play a little with Felix’s GoPro… very impressed and can’t wait to get my own!
Greetings from Indy! Another beautiful day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: the racing capital of the world. This time I’m corner captain at turn 12 working the MotoGP race wirh my buddy Felix from Ohio.
Not a whole lot happening ar our turn, but the bikes are setting records. A little bored actually but race day is about to commence!
I’m proud to report that for the second year in a row I’ve been accepted to marshal the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway featuring MotoGP.
My ratio of bikes to car racing is still way skewed towards four-wheels, but I love motorcycle racing and MotoGP is about as good as it gets! In addition, unlike F1 the ultimate series of automotive racing, with MotoGP you respond immediately to a crashed bike without waiting for permission from race control. Adrenaline rush to the max!
Truly looking forward to a great experience at the Brickyard 😉
United States Auto Club – USAC has also send me a training video for the MotoGP, like they did last year. I think its a fantastic idea as it covers in detail the types of flags used, how they are used correctly and in what situations, how to approach incidents, riders, doctors, etc. Very handy tool to refresh my memory when working motorcycle races!
With both Grand Am racing in Montreal and ALMS at Road America I find myself in Indianapolis for the MotoGP Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. The atmosphere seemed fantastic, there were tons and tons of bikes throughout the city, and especially at the race track. Because the inner circuit was used, parts of the oval served as parking areas for thousands of bikers.
On track too there was a slew of motorcycle enthusiasts, many of whom were volunteering as flaggers for the first time. It was not your typical SCCA corner worker experience. Granted USAC ran the event and as always I enjoy their hospitality more so than at any other event so far outside of IMS, the experience was just different. Unlike the last time I was volunteering at IMS the course was run in the opposite direction, I found myself on the same station I was last time except it’s changed from turn 10 to turn 7. We were actually on grass, with three flag marshals (two guys from Colorado besides me) and three track marshals who were all employed by IMS. Unlike cars, the crashes were far more spectacular though not much happened at our corner. For Moto2 rider of bike #9 laid his bike down for all three practices over a three day period. Other than that it was just amazing to see how low the bikes go in the turn with the rider hanging over the side.
In terms of getting to the event, I finally flew. After a few month hiatus from flying it was nice to be up in the air again. In the true Flyer Talk spirit instead of paying more to fly direct I booked a cheaper flight from LaGuardia in NYC to Detroit. Initially I thought I made a mistake because fuel prices spiked significantly since the last time I visited Michigan and Indiana, but I lucked out on the car rental. While my original booking was more than $40 a day I managed to reduce it to $17 a day before my flight by booking a Hotwire special. Very happy with that experience as it saved me over $100 just on car rental alone. Anyway, enjoy the facebook pix: