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.