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Indianapolis Motor Speedway Meet!!!!

Ok, I'm taking the bull by the horns here guys.....don't let me down. :)

On Wednesday May 20th, IMS has what they call "Community Day" at the track. Not only are there track tours, but the museum would be open as well.

BUT the greatest attraction, in MY feeble little mind, would be participating in a DRIVE AROUND THE TRACK! On this day only, the general public is allowed to make a lap of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in their personal vehicle. In our case, OUR SMARTS!

I can see it now, 100 smart cars IN A ROW lapping the Brickyard!!!! :D

Anyone think this is a great idea? If so, I'll contact Walter at SCI and maybe someone at IMS to see if we could have a "Hospitality Tent" for smart owners to meet and greet, as well as a parking area for our cars.

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I've emailed Walter at SCI and IMS as well. No reply as of yet.BUT can't you see it? A whole 'gaggle' of smarts, crossing the "Yard of Brick"?SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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that sounds awesome! i think single file would be best. as awesome as 3 wide would be i can imagine there being issues with no lines, the turns, and the incline
 

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...been there done that got the certificate you get at the end...the down side of it is the speed...10-15 mph that's all..police and IMS security all over the track enforcing the rules...you can thank the GTO club for that...many years ago they decided to go fast and do burnouts on the track...well...that put an end to the no escort lap around...but still..is Indianapolis Motor Speedway...and the view from the inside is just awesome...trust me on this one....
...if in town..I'm in...

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I'll have to pass on that one, it would just kill me to drive at such a slow speed, even in the smart. Been to the museum several times and I highly recomend that for those who love racing history and exotica.
Now, if some one here is well connected and can arrange a visit to the basement that would be the cat's meawww!
 

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Escorted around with a low speed limit? I would hope so.......give us a better opportunity to take pics!!! :)

...been there done that...jetfuel
Yea, me too, but it was many years ago in my '71 Challenger R/T 340. BIG difference in that and my smart. And one year, there was a bicycle charity event, Cycle for Sight, that I rode a 10sp around. talk about SLOW! but it was a great way to look at each inch of the old concrete wall on the backstretch, the cables on the fence, thinking about those who gave their life to racing many, many years ago. Quite a sobering experience, but one that I would LOVE to experience again.

Sounds like a fun day for me...count me in!:D
WHAT? You're not having another EYE done that day???? :D
 

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I rode my Yamaha around the track a couple years ago as part of the Riley Children's Hospital thing they have the week after the 500. The track is incredibly smooth and it was a blast. Too many Harleys, but I had fun anyway. I laid back a little ti give myself some breathing room ... and when no one was watching... did a wheelie down the back straight. :eek:

There were troopers and security people spotted around on the outer edges of the track at regular intervals. And the speed limit was 35 mph. Well, I broke that a little, but not much. There were probably 2000 bikes on the track that day. It's a parade, not a hot lap.

Regrettably, there's NO WAY I can go on a Wednesday. Weekend, yes, weekday... no.

Great idea and I think you all will love the experience. Have a great time!
 

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A WHEELIE on the BACKSTRETCH??? :eek: What ARE you, nuckin' futs? :D

My 'cycle' event with the 10sp was comprised of TWENTY LAPS around the track. Well, that was the max you could do. You took pledges for so much money per 'mile'. When I signed up people to donate, they asked 'so how many laps?' and I would say 'no more than 20' , but the pledges were 'per mile'....OOPS! They thought 20 laps equaled 20 MILES! :eek:

Some were a little shocked when I asked to collect $50!!! :D
 

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Here's the description of "Community Day" from the Indianapolis 500 Festival website:

American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community DayHome » Events » American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day DATE: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

LOCATION: Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayTIME: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

TICKETS: $7/person; Kids 6 and under free; available at Gate #2 or Gate #10

LAP THE TRACK: Enter gate #10 off 30th Street to drive your car around the track.Ever wonder how cool it would be to take a lap around the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway? Then rev up your engines for the American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day and you can do just that! Experience this unique opportunity of taking a lap around the track in your own car before the real race cars hit the track just four days later—at speeds of more than 200 mph! Experience the one and only day race fans get an up-close insider’s view of the legendary raceway. A whole host of activities await you! Lap the raceway in your own car! Tour the IRL car transport trailers. Visit Pit Lane and check out the vintage cars on display. Get autographs from Pro Series drivers and past champions. Take a Victory Circle photo—just like you’re the winner in a car with a trophy, a wreath and a glass of milk! Tour suites and the official timing & scoring area in the pagoda. See an amazing (and huge!) LEGO® replica of the entire Speedway.

Media Pit Stop Competition, Enjoy live music, Q&A sessions much more! Plus, admission to Community Day includes admission to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

So, do you think that would be cool or WHAT? A lot to do for only $7/person. At least it will keep us off the streets! :D
 

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UPDATE: Received a VM from the IMS rep. He referred me to the "500 Festival Committee", who is overseeing the event. IMS is only the 'host' that day. I contacted the committee for a meeting. I'll keep all of you informed as we make progress.

Like Walter told me, this could be a really big event for smart owners should we not only have a great turnout from Indiana but the surrounding states as well. I think he was dreaming a bit when he said 200 SMARTS! But that would be soooooo cool!!!! :cool:

Keep your fingers crossed that we can pull this off......:)
 

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Still getting all the details ironed out, but you can count on a "smart Meet & Greet" on WEDNESDAY May 20th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

More details to follow.....but start making plans!!!! :D
 
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