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May 30, 2007

'It felt like my head was going to fly off' — Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly on driving four laps at the Brickyard


The writer (above, all dressed up and ready to zoom Zoom ZOOM) visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 14, 2007, during qualifying week for this past Sunday's rain-shortened Indianapolis 500.

It was part of the new Indy Racing Experience, which lets anyone with $399 take four laps in a real Indy car.

FunStory: Reilly coasted into the pit after his "four furious laps" and asked the lap guy, "How fast did I get? Was I over 150?"

Uh, no.

"He looked at his clipboard. 'Not exactly.' Turned out my lap average was 95."

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I grew up not far from Brands Hatch motor racing track in Kent. One night, as teenagers (this must have been the late 70s) several of us took a friend's Mini for a drive and noticed that there was nothing stopping you driving onto the track (this was about 2am) except a red traffic light. So we went and had a screech round the track. Until security caught up with us!
Shortly after they installed a barrier.

Posted by: Skipweasel | May 31, 2007 5:28:46 PM

Then why weren't the F1 guys able to go around the same turn that the Indy guys take on a regular basis last year? Killed the race for us...

Indy cars are cool. F1 is cool. Who cares. So long as is ain't no nafscaa, bubba!

Posted by: clifyt | May 30, 2007 11:39:14 PM

Racing Indy cars is for weenies. Formula One cars regularly register lateral forces exceeding 4-Gs. And they get often exceed this neck-snappign load during braking--something an Indy car almost never does.

It would be cool to be married to Ashley Judd, though.

Posted by: Geoff | May 30, 2007 9:14:16 PM

I took my motorcycle around the track once...I don't think I even got anywhere even near that speed. Heck, I'd be surprised if I even made it to 60 because I was just in awe of being on the track and taking in the sights (and I only had one chance to get around and was going to make it last :-)

Posted by: clifyt | May 30, 2007 9:18:07 AM

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