Working at the World’s Greatest Speedway

My Introduction to Auto Racing Peggy with Jim McGee (left) and Rick Mears (right) the day after the 1979 Indianapolis 500. It's not a job, nor a career, but a way of life. That's how I've described my time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and now Born and raised in…
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The Roadster Era

A Lifelong Love of Racing The 1962 Indianapolis 500. IMS Photo As a six-year-old child in 1959, my first visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- a practice day -- began what proved to be a lifelong love of racing at Indy. My first experiences at IMS fit squarely into…
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Catalyst for a Career

Jason Vansickle, curator of vehicles, 2019 I have always been interested in automobiles since I was a young child. My father and grandfather played a significant role in this interest -- they both were “hot-rodders." I have many early memories of my family members working out in the garage or…
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Scratching that Mechanical Itch

Getting Back into the Garage Now that we’ve been affected by the pandemic shutdown for over three weeks, I’m starting to understand what “cabin fever” is. This is an unprecedented time where the world has more or less come to a stand still. I am a restoration technician at the…
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Museum People

Have you ever thought about the people in a museum? I don’t just mean the people in paintings, photos and, in the case of the IMS Museum, the ones with their faces on the trophy. I’m talking about museum people - the ones who work there and the ones who…
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