By: Tanner Watkins
May 10, 2019 | 1:00 PM
For those that are visiting the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for their first spring trip today, there will be plenty of attractions to check out on the Midway and in the old Formula One garages. One of my most enjoyable exhibits has always been the Driven2SaveLives booth.
Located in Formula One garages 20 and 21 near Gasoline Alley, Driven2SaveLives will have a promotional presence in this space throughout the month of May and the garage area will be open any day that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is open to the public.
And why is the Driven2SaveLives booth one of my annual favorites at IMS? For one, it helps scratch the itch I have for auto racing by taking a stroll on their simulator.
In years’ past, Driven2SaveLives has featured a simulator running the popular online motorsports program iRacing. Their sim comes complete with a Logitech wheel and pedal set (they have also used Thrustmaster in the past, if any sim racing geeks like me are out there) plus a bucket-style racing seat which heightens the experience, but what puts things over the edge is the implementation of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
There is nothing like using V.R. in simulation auto racing to experience the pure feeling of speed and the 1:1 representation between what your eyes see and the proportions of real life. Racing in V.R. makes you feel like you are actually in the car and you may even find yourself flinching at times if you crash. I highly recommend visitors to IMS to check out their sweet sim racing set up.
Perhaps more importantly than the V.R., the Driven2SaveLives booth at the Speedway also features a slew of infographics that easily explain their mission and why organ donation is important.
D2SL employs a small group of individuals who are there to inform fans of the campaign’s history and where Driven2SaveLives is headed for the future.
If you so choose, you can sign up to be an organ donor right at their booth. You will be directed to RegisterMe.org where you can make the courageous and helpful decision to be a life-changing organ donor.
Make sure to check out the Driven2SaveLives booth during this month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and keep your eye out for them at future events such as the Brickyard 400 and the BC39 dirt race held in September. Once you make it to them, say that Open-Wheels sent you!
See you all at the track.
Header image by Christopher Owens/INDYCAR.
Open-Wheels coverage of the 2019 month of May at Indianapolis is presented by Driven 2 Save Lives. Driven 2 Save Lives, an entity of the Indiana Donor Network, is a program that utilizes motorsports as a platform to encourage race fans to become organ donors. Currently, there are 114,000 individuals that are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Register as an organ, tissue, and eye donor at Driven2SaveLives.org/register and follow Driven2SaveLives on Facebook and Twitter.