Wednesday, February 9, 2011

J Stand

Yesterday was a great day. Why? I had a small bit of financial luck, and was able to order my tickets for the 2011 Centennial Indianapolis 500.

For those following along at home: J Stand, Section 11, Row T, Seats 9-10.

I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to go to the 500 in what has been a difficult economic climate. Frankly, I was worried it wouldn’t happen this year. The 2011 IndyCar season feels a little bit closer now.

As for J Stand, what can I say about sitting there? You’ve got a video screen in front of you. You can see the entrance to the pits, down the main straight, and both Turns 3 and 4. There’s generally a ton of action during the race that unfolds right in front of you (I would cite seeing Ryan Hunter-Reay crash and spin into the pits like a damaged TIE Fighter in 2009 as a prime example of this). They’re a little bit cheaper than some of the other seats, which is going to be a factor for me so long as I can’t steal Dan Wheldon’s NOS Energy Drink sponsorship.

I won’t get my physical tickets until they’re mailed out in March, but that just means I get to have another great day when they arrive.

I’ve sat in a few different places at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but for the 500, J Stand just feels right to me.


  1. Very cool! I'm waiting for the same sort of "financial luck" to get mine too! :--)

  2. Stand J is the BEST! For years, I went with a friend of mine, and our seats were Stand J, Sect 1, Row S, Seat 9-14. They're still there, and I try to get as close to them as I can each year. Brilliant place to watch the race!

    If you're wondering what the view is like, here's some photos from the 2009 event.

  3. Sounds like we'll be in the same neighborhood, Doug! I'll check out the pics when I get home tonight!

  4. We sat in J, 10, S, 3-8 for 10 years - until 1996. Loved the seats. View of race is better now with infield seats removed, but back in the day, we greatly enjoyed watching the infield crowd during lulls in the race action. But then, my brother decided we had to have better seats. We are across from gasoline alley now with great seats, but I miss watching the cars come through turn 4. Never knew you could go through a turn 3 wide until i saw Robby Gordon do it in 1994.