Telitz: The IMS rain and tire debacle

Aaron Telitz, Mazda Road to Indy, USF2000, USF2000 bloggers — By on May 19, 2014 12:19 pm
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Aaron Telitz USF2000 ArmsUp MotorsportsHello again everyone! It hasn’t been very long since my last one of these but a lot has happened — like the Grand Prix of Indianapolis!

I’ve never raced on Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the world’s coliseum of racing, the home of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Because of this, I must have been asked about ten times if I got “butterflies” driving down the front straight. Nope, I did not. I totally get that the Speedway holds so much history and prestige. But I honestly don’t get caught up in that kind of stuff. I was at the Speedway to drive my car the best I could and stay focused on running the new course.

The race weekend in Indy was long, starting on Wednesday with two, count ‘em, two one hour test sessions! We were able to have so much track time that day because we were only sharing track time with one other Road to Indy series and IndyCar. I’m a big fan of this, and if any important organizers read this I recommend more weekends like the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The two long test sessions went relatively smooth, apart from not being able to find the pit lane entrance during my first stint. I felt a bit like Kimi last year when he was trying to find the entrance road back on track in Brazil.