Rookie Alexander Rossi Wins While People Party In The Infield
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Blogger
Photos by Jack Fleming For PubClub.com
The celebration may have been going on for the rookie driver Alexander Rossie and crew for the Bryan Herta-led winning team in Victory Circle, but the party was going on all day in the Snakepit at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
The infield started to come alive just as the Holman family together said “start your engines” and continued thru the checkered flag that saw Rossi win a wild one after a duel the last 50 laps that included polesitter James Hinchcliff plus Josef Newgarden and Carlos Munoz.
Then the rookie came of seemingly nowhere to win it.
Indy officials announced the race as “sold out” on Friday – including the infield GA tickets, tho considering you could put a football stadium in the infield, that was more likely a PR move than one related to capacity.
Still, you can’t scoff at 350,000 people, all of whom had different experiences based on their vantage points.
Fans in the stands got to stand up and fight off chills running down their spine those last 50 laps.
Those in the infield sat back emptying kegs or coolers full of beers on a hot Indiana afternoon.
Those in the Snakepit in another part of the infield were at the equivalent of an outdoor music/DJ festival with little knowledge or interest of what was happening on the track.
Of course, that’s when you know you’ve got an event, when the actual prime activity is only part of the show. And at Indy, the show was on both the track and in the infield, making it a memorable Memorial Day Sunday for those who were there to enjoy it.
Indy 500 2016 Race & Infield Party Photos
Here’s the scene as seen through the eyes of PubClub photographer Jack Fleming.