-Little Al winning in 1992. “You just don’t know what Indy means”. If you can personify the joy, heartache, and accomplishment of Indy in a statement, wouldn’t that have to be it? More importantly, I remember watching it with my dad. That makes it the most memorable of all.
-Sid Collins’ impromptu eulogy of Eddie Sachs. The greatest reminder of the mortality of those who challenge Indy, and the remembrance that these men and women who race can risk everything to do so.
-Paul Tracy breaking down after not qualifying in 2010. There are many moments of disappointment and frustration from teams not making the 500 I could name, such as the PCM effort in 2008, but I witnessed Tracy’s tears up close, and it turned me from not so much a fan of the guy to a definite well-wisher. It was purely the anguish of competition, of things not realized. I won’t soon forget it. Tony Kanaan making it in after a nightmarish month was an amazing counter to it, as well.
I can remember hundreds of other moments, from taking my daughter to the track for the first time to the unusual peace of arriving at the Speedway at dawn to having Rick Mears wave at me in the 500 Festival Parade when I was just a kid, but those three jumped out at me.
So what about it? What would be your 3 moments to define what Indy means to you?