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Behind The Bricks: Scenes from Indy 500 pre-race

Get ready for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Indy 500 pre-race ceremonies on this episode of Behind the Bricks. From the arrival of celebrities a day early to the involvement of talented singers like Jewel, Jim Cornelison, and Angela Brown, the pre-race festivities are a spectacle to behold.

One fascinating aspect of the Indy 500 pre-race is the dedicated team of handlers assigned to each VIP guest at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). These handlers, part of the IMS staff, work diligently to ensure that the guests stay on schedule and are guided to the right places throughout the event. They also collaborate with the team coordinating the Indy 500 practice, providing cues to the performers during their routines, allowing them to stay on track and make adjustments seamlessly.

Another crucial component of the pre-race ceremonies is the awe-inspiring flyover coordinated by a team that works alongside the U.S. Military on the roof of the Pagoda. This team communicates with the military pilots, making sure they are aware of any necessary adjustments to maintain perfect timing during the flyover. The culmination of all these efforts results in a breathtaking and emotionally charged show that captivates the thousands in attendance and millions watching at home, including IMS President Doug Boles.

During the episode, host Zach Horrall dives deeper into the intricacies of Indy 500 pre-race preparations with his guest. They discuss the significant amount of organization and preparation that goes into creating this grand event. They also touch on the importance of practicing the pre-race ceremonies to ensure flawless execution. The conversation further explores the awe-inspiring transformation from practice to the final product on Race Day, discussing the most surprising and impressive aspects of the pre-race ceremonies and their behind-the-scenes preparations.