INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Engines roared to life Saturday at the Indianapolis MotorSpeedway as veteran drivers took to the track for first time in2010.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard dropped the green flag as theIZOD IndyCar Series cars sped across the yard of bricks.
Team garages and pit spaces were a hive of activity Saturdaymorning as the IZOD IndyCar series prepared for the first day ofpractice.
The famous yellow shirted volunteers got last minute briefingsas veteran drivers’ teams were busy preparing for a day ofpractice.
Rookies were scheduled to practice as part of Indianapolis 500Rookie Orientation that includes time on the 2.5 mile oval from 2-6p.m., however, rain forced the cars back into the garage.
Saturday marks the first day in a newly condensed schedule thatsets only two days for qualifying. Fans had mixed feelings aboutthe changes.
“When you shell out almost $100 for a bronze badge, youhope to use it as much as you can. I’d like to have come outfor that extra weekend,” Gary Sturgeon said as we caught upwith him in Gasoline Alley. “I have mixed feelings, I’mlooking forward to the (qualifying) shootout next weekend,”he said.
“It doesn’t do anything for me,” said DougBeese, when asked what he thought about the addition of theshootout. “I drove two and a half hours to be heretoday,” he said. Beese’s friend Gary Evans describedhimself as a “old hardcore guy” who enjoyed four daysof qualifying.
Gary Evans described himself as a “old hardcoreguy,” who prefers four days of qualifying.” His friendDoug Beese, who drove more than two hours to be at the track.
We caught up with Frank Allan in Gasoline Alley, who sayshe’s grateful for the new schedule.
“I don’t have to take as much time off of work to behere every day,” he said. “I love it here, I loved fourdays of qualifying but given the hard times we all see today, Ineed to work as much as I can,” Allan said.
We reached out to school systems across Central Indiana to see what their policy is for delaying or closing school when temperatures drop.
About 130 Indiana National Guard Soldiers returned home Wednesday to friends and family after nearly a year in Afghanistan.
Federal investigators are looking into multiple cases where counterfeiters have floated fake $100 bills. According to police reports, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department arrested three people for printing off the fake bills.