Indianapolis 500 Carb Day: A Photo Blog

Here at we’ve shown you what it’s like to attend Fast Friday and Pole Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, located in Speedway, Indiana.  Now we bring you a visual trip through what is possibly the biggest single-day party in all of Indianapolis, Indiana (excluding Race Day, of course).  With multiple events appealing to Indianapolis sports fans of all persuasions, and a gorgeous, sun-filled day to experience it, Miller Light Carb Day 2010 was widely popular, and a highly enjoyable day for all in attendance

Determined to get a coveted parking inside the track, I sacrificed much needed beauty sleep and arose at 6 am.  I was rewarded with a prime spot in the Turn Three Infield, otherwise known as “The New Snake Pit.”  Despite the early hour, there were plenty of like-minded fans setting up shop for what promised to be an eventful day.


Some choose to spend their time in typical fashion, drinking beer and playing cornhole…


Some gorged themselves on elaborate spreads of grilled food


Other people, well, let’s let the pictures speak for themselves…




Enough said?  Enough said.

IndyCar Practice

The first racing event on the docket for Carb Day was the final practice for the Izod IndyCar Series before Sunday’s Indy 500.  Fans were treated to some excellent side-by-side racing…


Some pit stop practice…


And eventual race winner Dario Franchitti was spotted making his way to his car



Firestone Freedom 100

Next up was the Firestone Freedom 100, the crown jewel of the Indy Lights Series.  Indy Lights is the feeder-series for the IndyCar Series, and is responsible for giving many current drivers a platform to showcase their skills.


Wade Cunningham battled a hard-charging Charlie Kimball all race, but finally pulled ahead to capture his second consecutive victory in the event, and his third overall.  Think he deserves a shot at racing with the big boys on Sunday?




The always exciting pit stop competition followed the Freedom 100, but with the ZZ Top concert looming, I made the decision to head back to the car and re-up on supplies in order to beat the crowd out to the concert site, located near the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course.  I should have left earlier.



Although this was as close to the stage as I was willing to venture — let’s just say nacho cheese was a favored projectile — the long-bearded rockers  were spry enough to excite even the most far-away fans.


This guy sure seemed to be enjoying them.

Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:  Enough said.