Can you believe all that we have going on in our very own state this weekend?
After raising the bar on all that is Super Bowl hosting last year, it seems our state’s dot on the map continues to brighten. Not only is today the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but our Indiana Pacers have their Eastern Conference Finals game at 8:30 p.m.
What really stands out at this year’s Indy 500 is its poll sitter. Ed Carpenter snagged the poll position and is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana! Carpenter is the stepson of the IRL (Indy Racing League) founder Tony George and grew up loving racing as a child at the IMS (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) and qualified for this iconic starting position of the 500 as a single-car team driver. Carpenter dawns the number 20 and is sure to have the attention of all Hoosiers and beyond. He is a ten-year veteran of the track, but has never claimed this starting spot on the poll of the 500.
And, our Pacers will take it to the big screens across the country as they are in the Eastern Conference Finals playing Miami Heat. Who might you look for on the court born and raised in our Hoosier land? Pacers Guard George Hill! Hill graduated from Broadripple High School and is an alumni of IUPUI. Let’s hope our Pacers win in game three tonight…the series is currently tied 1-1.
And, all of these events fall on Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is a day of celebration remembering all of the men and women who died while serving in our United Armed Forces.
So, the checkered and American flags will be waving all across the country in celebration of a weekend filled with The Greatest Spectacle in Racing and the honoring of all whom died defending our freedom.