SPEEDWAY, Ind. - The temperature gauge never registered higher than 46 degrees during this year’s Angie’s List Grand Prix.
Thousands of fans watched from the stands and at the mounds. Many of them say the excitement was worth shivering through the two-hour race.
Some race watchers said they were braving the cold to cheer on “TK”, the 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan.
But as Kanaan hit the wall during turn 1 of lap 1, they found they’d need another excuse to stand in the cold.
“Devastating,” Speedway resident Chris Harlan said while watching the other 24 cars zoom past again. “That’s the first thing that came to mind. Devastating. I’d like to know what happened.”
Harlan left the house Saturday afternoon wearing his checkered shorts. By the start of the race, he was sorely regretting his outfit.
“It’s cold,” Harlan said. “It’s really cold. Probably wasn’t the best choice.”
Almost everyone else bundled up with hats, scarves, mittens and plenty of layers as they cheered on the drivers. A few fans said it was so cold and windy along some areas of the track, they had to move.
“My chair about got knocked over about two hours ago when I was over on the mounds at Turns 2 and 3,” Michael Killion said. “It was extremely windy.”
The one consistent theme for almost all fans is that their minds were made up weeks, even months ago.
For them, kicking off the big month of May racing season in Indianapolis and seeing their favorites speed around the track will always be reward enough for a few chilly hours.
“Let’s see, I’m 50,” Harlan said. “I’ve been doing this for almost forty years. Love it. I absolutely love it.”