I’ve lived in Indiana (almost) my whole life, and this year was my first Indy 500. We went to both Legends Day on Saturday and the race on Sunday. I managed to pick up a few diecast goodies on Saturday and meet a legend.
In the first souvenir tent, I snagged the event car and Mario Andretti car. I also picked up the cars for my favorite overall driver (Fernando Alonso) and my favorite IndyCar drive (Alexander Rossi).
I also picked up a program, and it came with a Hot Wheels car that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Mario’s Indy 500 win.
With program in hand, I jumped in line to get some driver autographs. I was super lucky to get autographs from all 9 drivers on the first 3 starting rows:
- Simon Pagenaud
- Ed Carpenter
- Spencer Pigot
- Ed Jones
- Colton Herta
- Will Power
- Sebastien Bourdais
- Josef Newgarden
- Alexander Rossi
We dropped by the Honda booth and saw a bunch of people in line. I asked a Honda employee what the line was for, and someone she Mario Andretti was doing autographs. She said the end of the line was 3 people ahead of us, but she encouraged us to step up and getting a picture of Mario. We did that and got back in line just in case. The employee came back around and said the end of the line was one person behind us! Woohoo! We waited about 15 minutes to get my Mario Andretti diecast signed as well as my program.
Then, we stopped by the slot car track they had set up to participate in the races. I ended up winning a round and got a Honda Fit diecast on a keychain as my prize.
All in all – a pretty good HAWL. If you plan to go, definitely get tickets for Legends day. They’re only $10, and the crowd is maybe 10% of the race day crowd.