As someone who grew up in Indy, I thoroughly enjoyed this article. I had never heard of the Clark Gable movie, “To Please a Lady.” I’ll have to find it somewhere and watch it. Also, I had no idea that Mauri Rose had a role in the development of the Corvette.
Back in the late '50s, my Dad got two free tickets to the race, but he had no interest in it and didn’t want to go. Made Mom mad, as she knew how much I wanted to go. So she packed a lunch of egg salad sandwiches and a thermos of milk and took me there herself. I loved it.
In 2004, as a retirement gift, my wife bought me a ride in the 2-seater Indy car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was the experience of a lifetime. My driver was Sarah Fisher. In spite of pleading with the crew to let her hit 200 mph in the straightaway, they explained that the terms of their insurance policy limited their speed to no more than 75% of the fastest lap ever turned at Indy - so 180 mph. The car rode smooth as butter at that speed - no vibration whatsoever. In spite of my best efforts to imagine what the g-forces in the turns would be like, what I imagined wasn’t even close. It’s something you have to experience. The car seems to defy the laws of physics. As we approached the first turn (actually turn no. 3, since the pit lane enters the track on the backstretch), we seemed to be entering the turn at a suicidal speed. You see a wall coming at you at about 150 mph. But then you’re suddenly crushed to the right side of the cockpit and all you see is that right front tire and the wall flying past you. Just an incredible experience. I highly recommend it.