Originally Posted by pjessen
Nice pics. The stands are so large it is hard to get a feel for the size of the crowd. Did you get a feel for whether the event was a success? Think they are coming back? Would you go again?
I have no idea if the event was truly a success for Indy. But, I would say it certainly was a success. I had a ton of people around me in the stands that had no idea what motorcycle roadracing was all about. I also ran into these same type of folks all around the track.
What was awesome for these folks, including my step son, was that they really appreciated the fact that if they had to sit through the rain, that at least the riders will perform for them, period. I heard several people predicting a red flag as soon as a couple drops of rain fell. These were race day only folks that didn't see practice on wet Friday.
Also, for example, during the Rookie cup race on Saturday, when a guy fell in T2 and remounted to continue the chase, all the fans cheered. And when he came by each successive lap and was gaining ground on those in front of him, they cheered. When he crashed a second time in T2 everyone sighed and cheered as he got up and quit the race. They just weren't use to seeing racers crash and continue on. Great stuff.
The Indy layout is excellent from a riders perspective of run off and high speed corners, passing opportunities, and track width.
Now this isn't specific to Indy, but, for me, the biggest thrill this weekend was all the jumbotrons. This is my first live race in many years and although I love roadracing, it is a poor spectator sport due to the limited viewing of all the action. The jumbotrons fix all that.
The stands we were in were great to see the whole front straight, T!, T2, T3, T4 and entrance to T5.
Yea, they're coming back next year. I probably won't go. Only reason I went this year was to see MotoGP at least once, especially the inaugural Indy. I've seen enough racing in my years to last me, the TV does a fine job when available. This was a special occasion